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Gorillaz: Demon Days


Gorillaz: Demon Days

Label:Virgin
Format:Album
Media:CD
Release Date:2005
Genre:Hip Hop/Rap

By J. Bowers | Posted 6/29/2005

The last time Blur’s Damon Albarn trotted out Gorillaz, the rotating music collective cleverly disguised as a cool-looking Jamie “Tank Girl” Hewlett illustrated cartoon band, the group had a minor novelty hit with “Clint Eastwood.” This time around, satanic svengali Murdoc, Japanese thrash diva Noodle, snaggle-toothed stoner 2-D, and poltergeist-possessed B-boy Russel are providing cartoon cover for Albarn and producer/mashmaster D.J Dangermouse, as they embarrass themselves with Demon Days, a meandering 15-song exercise in exactly how far Albarn has his head jammed up his own arse.

Luckily, a series of talented and fabulous guest stars, including De La Soul, Roots Manuva, songstress Martina Topley Bird, and MF Doom, try to rescue the record—with bizarrely mixed results. Dennis Hopper narrates “Fire Coming Out of the Monkey’s Head,” a Phish-like fable about hermits, and ends up sounding like, well, Dennis Hopper being really creepy. Then there’s “Dirty Harry,” a weak booty anthem drowned in the equivalent of syrup and crushed glass by the cooing San Fernandez Youth Chorus, until rapper Bootie Brown attempts to save things at the 11th hour. Well, actually, every song is like that. Just have different people coo and switch the rappers around.

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