Plastic Beach [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gorillaz began as a lark but turned serious once it became Damon Albarn's primary creative outlet following the slow dissolve of Blur. Delivered five years after the delicate, whimsical melancholy of 2005's Demon Days, Plastic Beach is an explicit sequel to its predecessor, its story line roughly picking up in the dystopian future where the last album left off, its music offering a grand, big-budget expansion of Demon Days, spinning off its cameo-crammed blueprint. Traces of Albarn's Monkey opera can be heard, particularly in the hypnotic Mideastern pulse of "White Flag," but Damon's painstaking pancultural pop junk-mining no longer surprises -- when hip-hop ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gorillaz began as a lark but turned serious once it became Damon Albarn's primary creative outlet following the slow dissolve of Blur. Delivered five years after the delicate, whimsical melancholy of 2005's Demon Days, Plastic Beach is an explicit sequel to its predecessor, its story line roughly picking up in the dystopian future where the last album left off, its music offering a grand, big-budget expansion of Demon Days, spinning off its cameo-crammed blueprint. Traces of Albarn's Monkey opera can be heard, particularly in the hypnotic Mideastern pulse of "White Flag," but Damon's painstaking pancultural pop junk-mining no longer surprises -- when hip-hop juts up against Brit-pop, it's expected -- yet it still has the capacity to delight no matter which direction the Gorillaz may swing. Lou Reed's crotchety croak on "Some Kind of Nature" has the same kind of gravitational pull as Mos Def leading the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble through the intensely circling "Sweepstakes," while the group reaches new heights of sparkling pop on "Superfast Jellyfish," aided by the return of De La Soul -- the rappers who propelled "Feel Good Inc." -- and an appearance from Gruff Rhys, the Super Furry Animals frontman who is an ideal fit for Gorillaz (possibly because SFA's genre-bending pop and Pete Fowler artwork clearly paved the way for Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's collaboration). A common thread among all these tracks is that they find Albarn ceding the spotlight to his fellow musicians, preferring to be the puppetmaster behind the curtain, and Plastic Beach works best when he's the composer and producer, finding hidden strengths within his guests -- having Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for the elastic title track, coaxing some powerful performances out of Bobby Womack -- but often when Albarn takes center stage, his laconic drawl lets the air out of the balloon. Curiously, much of this arrives toward the beginning of the album, the record gaining momentum as it unspools, working toward its climax, but the overall album accentuates moody texture over pop hooks. This emphasis means Plastic Beach is the first Gorillaz album to play like a soundtrack to a cartoon -- which isn't entirely a bad thing, because as Albarn grows as a composer, he's a master of subtly shifting moods and intricately threaded allusions, often creating richly detailed collages that are miniature marvels. Ironically, these individual pieces don't add up to an overall masterpiece, possibly because the narrative is convoluted and strained, getting in the way of the pure musical flow, but also because it's hard not to shake the feeling that this is a transitional effort, pointing toward a day when Damon Albarn will feel no need to front a band, not even in a cartoon guise. [The deluxe edition features a bonus DVD containing a documentary about the making of the album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099962754828
  • Catalog Number: 27548
  • Sales rank: 10,195

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orchestral Intro (1:09)
  2. 2 Welcome To the World of the Plastic Beach (3:35)
  3. 3 White Flag - Bashy (3:43)
  4. 4 Rhinestone Eyes (3:20)
  5. 5 Stylo (4:30)
  6. 6 Superfast Jellyfish (2:54)
  7. 7 Empire Ants - Little Dragon (4:43)
  8. 8 Glitter Freeze (4:03)
  9. 9 Some Kind of Nature (2:59)
  10. 10 On Melancholy Hill (3:53)
  11. 11 Broken (3:17)
  12. 12 Sweepstakes (5:20)
  13. 13 Plastic Beach (3:47)
  14. 14 To Binge - Little Dragon (3:55)
  15. 15 Cloud of Unknowing (3:06)
  16. 16 Pirate Jet (2:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Making of Plastic Beach Documentary
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gorillaz Primary Artist
Lou Reed Guitar
Bobby Womack Vocals
Taka Boom Choir, Chorus
Wayne Hernandez Choir, Chorus
David Coulter Jew's Harp
Mick Jones Guitar
Paul Simonon Bass
Gruff Rhys Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Janet Ramus Choir, Chorus
Simon Tong Guitar
Wendi Rose Choir, Chorus
Sharlene Hector Choir, Chorus
Ladonna Harley Peters Choir, Chorus
Håkan Wirenstrand Keyboards
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Brass
Marion Powell Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Lou Reed Composer
Snoop Dogg Composer
De La Soul Composer
Mark E. Smith Composer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Gruff Rhys Composer
Mos Def Composer
Jason Cox Engineer
Gorillaz Composer, Producer
Yukimi Nagano Composer
Zombie Flesh Eaters Artwork
Ted Chung Engineer
J.C. Hewlett Artwork
Kano Composer
Bashy Composer
Chris Jackson Engineer
Stephen Sedgwick Programming, Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    love it!

    The Gorillaz changed alot in the their style of music, in a good way. There are a lot of songs on this album which I love including On Melancholy Hill, Empire Ants, To Binge, Stylo, Superfast Jellyfish, and Rhinestone Eyes. The bonus material is a bit lacking though; the "making of" dvd was great but extra content you get from their website wasn't much: just a few screensavers, live videos, but you get the 3rd part to their game Escape to Plastic Beach.

    Overall this is a great album and would reccommend to anyone who loves this band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    A little out there.....

    ...in a good way! glad they have remained non-conformist and original. some tracks need 2nd or even 3rd listens before you love the, but once you do, its a good set to listen to from start to finish.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach

    Who'da thunk a cartoon band could generate so much success nowadays? I'm pretty sure artist Jamie Hewlitt and Blur-frontman Damon Albarn (the collective creators) had no idea it could have either when they started this project. But they stuck. And now you have Gorillaz, one of the most innovative pop "groups" of the past decade. Plastic Beach continues this stride of innovation with the concept of... well... a plastic beach. One island made out of all the many pieces of garbage and pollution dumped into the ocean. This is exactly what Plastic Beach sounds like: One theme made up of many different parts. It's a concept album that many groups today need to take a note from. There are a wide variety of influences here as well: You have europop, dance/electronica, hip-hop, R&B/soul, and funk. To further the diversity, there are guest appearances from Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Gruff Rhys, Bobby Womack, and more. Interestingly enough, this was never intended to be the third Gorillaz album. It was originally supposed to be an album titled Carousel but Damon Albarn apparently abandoned the idea and adapted the songs to the Gorillaz repertoire. So you end up with an album that sounds very different from the epic Demon Days and quirky-pop self-titled album before it. So if you're coming at this hoping for all-out Gorillaz-styled action... you may be a bit disappointed. But I've not had many albums that have grown on me as much as Plastic Beach has. It has quickly become my favorite album of the year so far. There's just so much to enjoy and not one song is at all bad. From the laid-back introduction by Snoop Dogg ("Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach") to the energy-bursting "Empire Ants" (half-led by Damon Albarn as character 2D before a beautiful vocalist who goes by Little Dragon explodes into the second half amongst thumping beats and synths), Plastic Beach is an incredible album made up of many different parts. Either way you look at it, song by song or as a whole, the experience is the same: Incredible. So lay back, grab a mamosa, and enjoy!

    Other standout tracks: "Rhinestone Eyes," "Stylo," "Broken," "On Melancholy Hill," and "To Binge."

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