19 March 2013

Retro Review: "Demon Days"

Falling out of aeroplanes and hiding out in holes
 Waiting for the sunset to come, people going home
 Jump out from behind them and shoot them in the head
 Now everybody's dancing the dance of the dead.

I'm going to play it safe for my first entry and try a retro review, from almost 9 years ago! If you started listening to music at an early age, or are a child of the 21st century, then you've most likely heard of the band and "musical project" Gorillaz. Gorillaz features many famous personages, such as British musician Damon Alban, cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, bassist Paul Simonon, of The Clash, and Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads.  One of their most famous albums-- scratch that, maybe one of the most famous albums of the 2000s-- is "Demon Days", and it's obvious why. 

This album is really, really varied. Some songs, like the peppy 'Dirty Harry" and the bright, trippy "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" use vibrant choirs. Some, like "November Has Come" and "Every Planet We Reach is Dead", feature solemn solos and slow beats. The song that I love the most, "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head", is essentially a fairy tale with a back-beat.   And while  the whole album is extremely varied, one thing is constant: the use of rap to tie it together. Now, you may be crying "GASP! Rap? Where? KILL IT WITH FIRE!", but one thing is important to remember: it's not the crude gangsta rap that has clogged the Top 40s since God knows when. It's creative, original, and (for the most part) witty and thought-provoking.

 This is what made me an utter fan of the Gorillaz, and it's a big thing: theirs songs are great songs, but many are actually social commentary. It's more evident if you also watch the videos, but the songs conceal sendups of everything from junk food to corporate greed, social activism, environmental destruction for profit, and the warlike policies of the Bush administration. (What? I did say this was a retro review.)
So that's about it. But my codifier question remains:

Is it worth the $14.50 to go buy the collector's edition on disc (or iTunes, or on any other platform)? 

Yes, resoundingly. Go. You buy now. That is all.

-Reviewer XB004

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