D-Sides [Deluxe]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497913664
  • Catalog Number: 791366

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 68 State (4:48)
  2. 2 People (3:27)
  3. 3 Hongkongaton (3:33)
  4. 4 We Are Happy Landfill (3:39)
  5. 5 Hong Kong (7:14)
  6. 6 Highway (Under Construction) (4:20)
  7. 7 Rockit (3:33)
  8. 8 Bill Murray (3:52)
  9. 9 The Swagga (4:57)
  10. 10 Murdoc Is God (2:26)
  11. 11 Spitting out the Demons (5:10)
  12. 12 Don't Get Lost in Heaven (2:29)
  13. 13 Stop the Dams (5:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dare (12:14)
  2. 2 Feel Good Inc. (7:24)
  3. 3 Kids with Guns (4:22)
  4. 4 Dare (5:42)
  5. 5 Kids with Guns (7:09)
  6. 6 El Mañana (5:44)
  7. 7 Dare (5:26)
  8. 8 Dirty Harry (3:53)
  9. 9 Kids with Guns (10:08)
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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
Al 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
Geoff Pesche Mastering
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, Audio Production
The 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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