Demon Days

Demon Days

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by Gorillaz

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Breaking a hiatus even longer than their cartoon kin in the Family Guy cast, Gorillaz return to action with this worthy follow-up to their self-titled debut. Flesh-and-blood major-domo Damon Albarn -- joined by sound manipulator Danger Mouse, who fills the trainers of …  See more details below


Breaking a hiatus even longer than their cartoon kin in the Family Guy cast, Gorillaz return to action with this worthy follow-up to their self-titled debut. Flesh-and-blood major-domo Damon Albarn -- joined by sound manipulator Danger Mouse, who fills the trainers of Dan "The Automator" Nakamura -- takes things in some intriguing directions this time around, with a considerably less sunny mood. That's evident on tracks like "Kids with Guns," on which Albarn rails against, well, practically everything he sees in the (decaying) world around him, and the misty "Every Plant We Reach Is Dead." The cast of characters is even more wide open this time around, with cameos by the Pharcyde's Booty Brown -- who holds down the funky center of the "Clint Eastwood" sequel "Dirty Harry" as he's bombarded with chirping children and electronic ephemera -- and De La Soul, who go a long way toward launching the Daisy Age revival on "Feel Good Inc." The oddest guest of all is Dennis Hopper, who brings the full scope of his Blue Velvet bizarritude to the spoken-word interlude "Fire Coming Out of a Monkey's Head." Albarn has said that he used Demon Days to exorcise some of his own demons, and that shows, but not to the exclusion of beats you can dance to.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Damon Albarn went to great pains to explain that the first Gorillaz album was a collaboration between him, cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, and producer Dan the Automator, but any sort of pretense to having the virtual pop group seem like a genuine collaborative band was thrown out the window for the group's long-awaited 2005 sequel, Demon Days. Hewlett still provides new animation for Gorillaz -- although the proposed feature-length film has long disappeared -- but Dan the Automator is gone, leaving Albarn as the unquestioned leader of the group. This isn't quite similar to Blur, a genuine band that faltered after Graham Coxon decided he had enough, leaving Damon behind to construct the muddled Think Tank largely on his own. No, Gorillaz were always designed as a collective, featuring many contributors and producers, all shepherded by Albarn, the songwriter, mastermind, and ringleader. Hiding behind Hewlett's excellent cartoons gave Albarn the freedom to indulge himself, but it also gave him focus since it tied him to a specific concept. Throughout his career, Albarn always was at his best when writing in character -- to the extent that anytime he wrote confessionals in Blur, they sounded stagy -- and Gorillaz not only gave him an ideal platform, it liberated him, giving him the opportunity to try things he couldn't within the increasingly dour confines of Blur. It wasn't just that the cartoon concept made for light music -- on the first Gorillaz album, Damon sounded as if he were having fun for the first time since Parklife. But 2005 is a much different year than 2001, and if Gorillaz exuded the heady, optimistic, future-forward vibes of the turn of the millennium, Demon Days is as theatrically foreboding as its title, one of the few pop records made since 9/11 that captures the eerie unease of living in the 21st century. Not really a cartoony feel, in other words, but Gorillaz indulged in doom and gloom from their very first single, "Clint Eastwood," so this is not unfamiliar territory, nor is it all that dissimilar from the turgid moodiness of Blur's 2003 Think Tank. But where Albarn seemed simultaneously constrained and adrift on that last Blur album -- attempting to create indie rock, yet unsure how since messiness contradicts his tightly wound artistic impulses -- he's assured and masterful on Demon Days, regaining his flair for grand gestures that served him so well at the height of Britpop, yet tempering his tendency to overreach by keeping the music lean and evocative through his enlistment of electronica maverick Danger Mouse as producer. Demon Days is unified and purposeful in a way Albarn's music hasn't been since The Great Escape, possessing a cinematic scope and a narrative flow, as the curtain unveils to the ominous, morose "Last Living Souls" and then twists and winds through valleys, detours, and wrong paths -- some light, some teeming with dread -- before ending up at the haltingly hopeful title track. Along the way, cameos float in and out of the slipstream and Albarn relies on several familiar tricks: the Specials are a touchstone, brooding minor key melodies haunt the album, there are some singalong refrains, while a celebrity recites a lyric (this time, it's Dennis Hopper). Instead of sounding like musical crutches, this sounds like an artist who knows his strengths and uses them as an anchor so he can go off and explore new worlds. Chief among the strengths that Albarn relies upon is his ability to find collaborators who can articulate his ideas clearly and vividly. Danger Mouse, whose Grey Album mash-up of the Beatles and Jay-Z was an underground sensation in 2004, gives this music an elasticity and creeping darkness than infects even such purportedly lighthearted moments as "Feel Good Inc." It's a sense of menace that's reminiscent of prime Happy Mondays, so it shouldn't be a surprise that one of the highlights of Demon Days is Shaun Ryder's cameo on the tight, deceptively catchy "Dare." Over a tightly wound four minutes, "Dare" exploits Ryder's iconic Mancunian thug persona within territory that belongs to the Gorillaz -- its percolating beat not too far removed from "19/2000" -- and that's what makes it a perfect distillation of Demon Days: by letting other musicians take center stage and by sharing credit with Danger Mouse, Damon Albarn has created an allegedly anonymous platform whose genius ultimately and quite clearly belongs to him alone. All the themes and ideas on this album have antecedents in his previous work, but surrounded by new collaborators, he's able to present them in a fresh, exciting way. And he has created a monster album here -- not just in its size, but in its Frankenstein construction. It not only eclipses the first Gorillaz album, which in itself was a terrific record, but stands alongside the best Blur albums, providing a tonal touchstone for this decade the way Parklife did for the '90s. While it won't launch a phenomenon the way that 1994 classic did -- Albarn is too much a veteran artist for that and the music is too dark and weird -- Demon Days is still one hell of a comeback for Damon Albarn, who seemed perilously close to forever disappearing into his own ego.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gorillaz   Primary Artist
Emma Smith   Double Bass
Neneh Cherry   Vocals
Ike Turner   Piano,Soloist
London Community Gospel Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Prabjote Osahn   Violin
Martina Topley-Bird   Vocals
Noodle   Group Member
Isabelle Dunn   Cello
Amanda Drummond   Viola
Simon Tong   Guitar
Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson   Background Vocals
Bootie Brown   Track Performer
Dennis Hopper   Readings,Spoken Word
Sally Jackson   Violin
2D   Group Member
Russel Hobbs   Group Member
Mobbs   Double Bass
Murdoc Nicalls   Group Member
Stella Page   Viola
Antonia Pagulatos   Violin
San Fernandez Youth Chorus   Children's Chorus
Children's Choir San Fernandez   Vocals
Rosie Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Damon Albarn   Producer,Audio Production
Don Harper   Composer
Romye Robinson   Composer
Jason Cox   Producer,Engineer
Gorillaz   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Danger Mouse   Producer,Audio Production
James Dring   Programming,Producer
J.C. Hewlett   Artwork
David Jolicouer   Composer

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Demon Days 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is gonna be awesome! It's gonna kick rocks! It'll be the greatest thing ever, and it'll take the world over, then Gorillaz will be the kings!!! Alright!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the first Gorillaz album, then you will love this one. I have heard every song but the ellusive "Kids With Guns." This album is so much more than the first. It's not a cd full of songs, it's an experience with an amazing range of styles. Many of these songs now feature more guitar than the first album. The lyrics are amazing as well. The lyrics on the first album were difficult to figure out sometimes. That's Damon for ya. Songs like "Fire Coming Out of The Monkey's Head" and "Feel Good Inc." contain insightful lyrics that reflect greed and insecurity. If you loved the first album, buy this one! Even if you didn't enjoy the first album, then you should buy this one. It's such an amazing experience of musicianship that you will be listening to it over and over for years to come. My Rating: 5/5
Guest More than 1 year ago
Their sound has changed alot, it seems alot darker than the first, and the touch of the new mixer is easily heard. The lead singer is still amazing, and the flow of tracks is alot better than the first. I think overall, it is an improvement over the first, although a handful from the Gorillaz LP will be their best ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the first 3 CD's and this is a huge dissapointment. Dangermouse can't touch Dan the Automator. Both gorillaz and this have a huge range of styles but the transitions in this are choppy and the choice of rappers on this album is awful. MF Doom is amazing, just not on a gorillaz album. Oh well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such and addictive cd, I can't stop talking about it. Yes, I love the style of Dan the Automator, but this one is just genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gorillaz is the best with their kind of style.I just can't get enuogh of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Initially, I wasn’t all that impressed. I’d only heard bits and pieces of the album, so like an idiot I passed on it. Later, a friend left it at a party, letting it play ALL THE WAY THROUGH. After that night, I’ve made several copies that stay in each player, one in the car, one at home, and one on the go. Seriously, it is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a really long time, and it really deserves more recognition. Unfortunately, people don’t like to take recognition of things that aren’t within the realm of predictability, so this album sort of angers or confuses people as it doesn’t cater to their conditioned tastes. I can see how people might be a little harsh on it, particularly for the choice of MCs, where the range seems a little limited, but all in all, it’s still a phenomenal album. Just let Demon Days Play…
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD I ever bought and love every song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is by the gorillaz. The cd is called Demon Days. The music type of the cd is trip hop. My favorit song is Feel Good Inc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gorillaz, if you didn’t already know, is a virtual band created by Damon Albarn (from Brit group "Blur") and Jamie Hewlett of quirky “Tank Girl” comics fame. By “virtual” I mean that the supposed band members, “2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle & Russel Hobs”, are figments of Albarn and Hewlett’s slightly bent minds. The music they create with guests from almost every genre you can think of, is urban yet primordially fresh faced - demonstrating the effectiveness of this duo's objective in giving birth to these curious phantoms: Freedom to craft music without the unconscious and inevitable preconceptions produced by fixed human faces. Gorillaz’ music has been described as a mix of rock, rap, hip hop, punk, ska and heavy metal, but throw also into this stereo stewpot, accoustic story telling, children’s choir vocal refrains, poignant and poppish orchestral instrumentals (cello, violins, violas, piano, double bass) and oddly fitting horror movie themes, one in this case being “Dawn of the Dead”. Albarn and Hewlett tout themselves as devotees of scary flicks, referencing them in their lyrics, at the same time voicing their apocalyptic concerns about more serious and troubling issues: teen violence (Kids With Guns), motivations of a street warrior (Dirty Harry), the end-path of commerical greed (Monkey’s Head), and the ruin of this planet (O Green World). Deep stuff married to music that, reminiscent of those creature features, makes your body move involuntarily in a rhythmic fashion ala “Thriller”. I highly recommend Gorillaz’ Demon Days. It's an innovative and tuneful monster mash that is paradoxically, a thoughtful pro-green smash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard the Gorilaz song "Feel Good Inc." in it's music video form. Then "Dare". I got this CD because the two songs were on it. I heard the others and I can only say, THESE GUYS ARE WEIRD. But it's a good kind of weird that makes me love the songs. My only reason for giving a four star rating is the fact that some of the songs were a little too weird, even for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Demon Days is my favorite album so far. I first got Now 19 for the Feel Good Inc. song. On the Gorillaz Fansite I saw the video for Dirty Harry and I liked it. After that I was thinking "I'm an idiot, I should have bought Demon Days." Then, my brother said to me "Guess what's behind my back?" I soon found out it was Gorillaz's Demon Days. I put it in to listen to Feel Good Inc. I also listened to "Dirty Harry" and a new song for me, "Kids With Guns." My favorite song is Feel Good Inc. It is the first song on my iPod Shuffle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album kind of seperates itsself from the other ones only because they seemed to be more focused on a concept of life in this one.The others just deal with Damon and Jamies imagination and influence of a virtual band not to say that the other ones were horrible its just that i highly reccomend this album if you want to get into the Gorillaz
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite CD. If you're interested in buying the Demon Days Limited Edition here is my ratings for each song. Intro-1 Last Living Souls-2 Kids With Guns-5 O Green World-1 Dirty Harry-5 Feel Good Inc.-5 El Manana-3 Every Planet We Reach Is Dead-1 November Has Come-1 All Alone-1 White Light-1 DARE-4 Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head-1 Don't Get Lost In Heaven-1 Demon Days-1 The DVD was great because of the Feel Good Inc. Video. In conclusion,I think this CD/DVD deserves a 4 star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you thought the virtual band was just a one-time joke, think again. Musician Albarn and artist Hewlett have poured alot of the good stuff into the mix this time. Peppered with all the quirky style and story that is the infamous virtual band Gorillaz, &quot Demon Days&quot is sure to stun. With catchy lyrics, dance beats, and some addicting basslines, this CD hooks even the newest listener. From the dark mood in &quot Feel Good Inc.&quot to the upbeat &quot Dare,&quot Gorillaz takes you from the top, throws you to the bottom, and picks you up one more time, just so you can listen to the CD all over again. Though Gorillaz has been known for nonsense lyrics strung on powered up electro music (like those in their self-titled album &quot Gorillaz&quot ), the band gives up alot of heart in songs like &quot Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head&quot and &quot O Green World.&quot Packed with simply inspiring and energizing music, &quot Demon Days&quot is an outstanding piece of art. Albarn and Hewlett have really done it this time. I give 5 stars, because I just can't keep my hands off of it.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st album I have owned & listened to by the Gorillaz, and all I have heard by them up until this point is their radio hits. Upon listening to this, I found it to be quite different...but refreshingly so. These guys cover a wide range of musical sound, and are multi-talented as far as that is concerned. Each song mixes things up and gives you something different. Listening to these guys, it's almost like your radio frequency is set to random or something. They range from funk, soul, hip-hop, techno & dance, rock, and even borderline gothic in some areas...all while mixing in great beats and interesting & occasionally thought-invoking lyrics. It's really neat. I have to say, this is refreshingly different, and I really like it...and if any of you out there not that familiar with the Gorillaz & like any range of the genres I mentioned above, you really ought to check these guys out. It's some good listening folks if you are in need of something funky and different. Take my word for it...this is good stuff.
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