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The Gorillaz B-sides and remixes collection D-Sides just emphasizes that Demon Days could have just as easily been called Damon Days. Even though Damon Albarn worked with collaborators like Danger Mouse on the second Gorillaz album, Albarn was its main sonic architect, and this is made even


The Gorillaz B-sides and remixes collection D-Sides just emphasizes that Demon Days could have just as easily been called Damon Days. Even though Damon Albarn worked with collaborators like Danger Mouse on the second Gorillaz album, Albarn was its main sonic architect, and this is made even clearer by the songs that didn't make it onto Demon Days. Where the album honed a paranoid, melancholy -- but always accessible -- vibe, D-Sides is charmingly loose and eclectic; the stoned, rag-tag shuffle of "Don't Get Lost in Heaven (Demo)" is far more engaging, or at least immediate, than the choir and strings-bedecked version that appeared on Demon Days. The layered, doo wop-inspired harmonies and pianos on "Highway (Under Construction)" bear the marks of fiddling around in the studio, but appealingly so -- and that goes double for the new wave/electro ramble "Rockit," on which Albarn makes "blah blah blah" sound almost profound. D-Sides finds him working in styles he couldn't fit on the album (although "Spitting Out the Demons"' dubby gloom comes the closest to Demon Days' final cut): "68 State"'s moody synth noodling could soundtrack an anime dystopia; "Hongkongaton" fuses dub and music hall; and "People" could be the mutant offspring of Britpop and synth pop. While many of D-Sides' tracks are sketches, the full-fledged songs are just as good as what ultimately appeared on Demon Days. "The Swagga," er, swaggers from retro-futuristic pop to messy, freewheeling rock, fulfilling the promise of rowdy snippets like "Murdoc Is God." Albarn also finds room for some surprisingly vulnerable moments; "Hong Kong," with its strings and shamisen, feels like a distant cousin of The Great Escape's "Yuko and Hiro," and "Stop the Dams" closes D-Sides' first disc on a quiet, heartfelt note. For longtime Albarn fans, this part of the collection is a lot of fun -- a trip through his scraps and oddities is still more rewarding than many other artists' magnum opuses. D-Sides' remix disc is, somewhat surprisingly, more focused than the actual Gorillaz B-sides are. It's no surprise that Albarn has gathered an on-point cast of remixers, including Metronomy, Hot Chip, and the DFA, who begin the disc with its best track, a belligerent, percussive version of "Dare" that strips the song down to little more than Shaun Ryder's voice, percussion, and the odd buzzing synth. "Dare" inspired two of the disc's other standouts, a remix by Junior Sanchez and one by Soulwax. While not all of the remixes hit these heights, overall it's a fun set, and a good complement to the eclecticism of D-Sides' first disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
Wb / Parlophone


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gorillaz   Primary Artist
Kaktus   Track Performer
Neneh Cherry   Vocals
Alice Pratley   Violin
Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson   Background Vocals
Morton Wilson   Guzheng
Danger Mouse   Drums
Izzi Dunn   Cello
Einar Örn   Track Performer
Mobbs   Double Bass
Stella Page   Viola
Antonia Pagulatos   Violin
Emma Owens   Viola
Áshildur Ákadóttir   Track Performer
Magnús Andersen   Track Performer
Ólafur Bielawski   Track Performer
Hörður Bjarkason   Track Performer
Hou Shih Chieh   Erhu
Hrafnkell Flóki Einarsson   Track Performer
Jacqueline Fu   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lárus Halldór Grímsson   Track Performer
Hugi Peyr Gunnarson   Track Performer
Sato Kotono   Violin
MC Yan   Rap
Joseph Mount   Various
Einar Pálmadóttir   Track Performer
Katrin Pálmadóttir   Track Performer
Haraldur Prastarson   Track Performer
Tung Tang   Percussion
Óskar Völundarson   Track Performer
Wei Man Chen   Zither
Mazy Yap   Choir, Chorus
Johnny Yim   Keyboards
Mazy Yap & Kids From Lok Sin Tong Primary School   Vocals
Rosie Wilson   Background Vocals
Oliver Langford   Violin

Technical Credits

Romye Robinson   Composer
Jason Cox   Producer,Engineer
Junior Sanchez   Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Soulwax   Audio Production
Morton Wilson   Executive Producer
Stanton Warriors   Remixing
Gorillaz   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Hot Chip   Audio Production
Danger Mouse   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
DFA   Remixing
James Dring   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Matt Edwards   Producer,Audio Production
J.C. Hewlett   Artwork
Cox   Audio Production
Steve Sedgewick   Engineer
Joel Martin   Audio Production
Jamie Hewlett   Sound Effects
Hans Ebert   Executive Producer
Jamie T.   Remixing
Joseph Mount   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Quiet Village   Remixing
Tung Tang   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Ann Yeung   Producer,Audio Production
Joel Martin   Producer
David Jolicouer   Composer

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D-Sides 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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D-Sides contains all the B-Sides from there studio album Demon Days. The album starts off with "68 State". "68 State" is a very smooth, cool song that sets a good mood for the rest of the album. "People" is a wonderful song. I would call it my second favorite song on the album. It is rather similar to "Dare" from Demon Days. If you listen closely you might even notice a sound clip that was used in both "Dare" and "People". "Hongkongaton" comes in as my third favorite song on the album. It presents a style that I have never heard from the Gorrilaz before. It is a style I have never heard before but I enjoy it very much. I wish the Gorillaz would experiment with this new style a little more often in their songs. "We Are Happy Landfill" has really awesome music but the lyrics are lacking. It is a wonderful song and I believe that if they had given it a little more effort it could have made it on to Demon Days and been big. I have been in love with "Hong Kong" ever since I first saw it preformed at the Gorrilaz concert. The music is beautiful, the lyrics are beautiful. It is an absolutely amazing song. "Highway "Under Construction"" is a good song but it is not one of my favorites. The lyrics are good "although hard to understand" but the music is missing something. "Rockit" is a very interesting song. The song was the kickoff the the "Reject False Icons" campaign and quickly became popular. I personally believe it is an okay song but some fans name it as their favorite. "Bill Murray" has okay lyrics and a really good bass. It is a pretty good song but compared to some of the other songs on the album it falls short. "The Swagga" is my absolute favorite song on the album. It is good lyrics to a tune that will be in your head all day long. With the right advertising, this song could be huge. It is capable of topping the charts but I'm sure it will pass by unnoticed. "Murdoc Is Good" is a great song that remind me a lot of "White Light" of Demon Days. Although the lyrics are simple the music is great. "Spitting Out The Demons" like "The Swagga" is a song that will be stuck in your head all day. It is a wonderful song that you should turn your stereo on hyperbass when you listen to because it has fabulous bass. This album features the original version of "Don't Get Lost In Heaven" which I prefer over the remake they used on Demon Days. The lyrics to this song are beautiful and this version offers a cool beat. "Stop The Dams" is a wonderful way to end a wonderful album. It is a beautiful song that you want to listen to over and over again. The music almost as wonderful as the lyrics. Overall I would give the album four stars. I would recommend it to anyone but I don't think it is worthy of five stars due to one or two songs that are lacking. I believe you should go ahead and buy this album if you are a Gorillaz fan but if you are new to the Gorillaz you should probably start out with Demon Days. Enjoy!
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