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Plastic Beach

Plastic Beach

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Delivered five years after the delicate whimsical melancholy of Demon Days, Gorillaz's Plastic Beach is an explicit sequel to its predecessor, picking up in the dystopian future where the last album left off, its music offering a grand expansion of Demon Days, spinning off its cameo-crammed

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Delivered five years after the delicate whimsical melancholy of Demon Days, Gorillaz's Plastic Beach is an explicit sequel to its predecessor, picking up in the dystopian future where the last album left off, its music offering a grand expansion of Demon Days, spinning off its cameo-crammed blueprint. A common thread among these tracks is they find Damon Albarn ceding the spotlight to his fellow musicians, preferring to be the puppetmaster behind the curtain, and Plastic Beach works best when he's finding hidden strengths within his guests. The album accentuates moody texture over pop hooks, and Plastic Beach is the first Gorillaz album to play like a cartoon soundtrack -- which isn't a bad thing, because as Albarn grows as a composer, he crafts richly detailed collages that are miniature marvels.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2010
Label:
Wb / Parlophone
UPC:
0603497913343
catalogNumber:
791334
Rank:
10946

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gorillaz   Primary Artist
Bobby Womack   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lou Reed   Composer
Snoop Dogg   Composer
De La Soul   Composer
Mark E. Smith   Composer
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
Josh Shultz   Engineer

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Plastic Beach 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...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.
dchan25 More than 1 year ago
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.
Reckoner More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ShiniChan More than 1 year ago
After about a two year hiatus of listening to Gorillaz, a webcomic reminded me of it again. As I found that much had changed during those 2 years, I was curious to listen to some music of theirs. Then, looking at wikipedia, it said that there was a new album. All I could think was "I must listen to this. I MUST." I didn't go to youtube or anything like that, I just went straight to the gorillaz website where the entire album plays as you help the band out with various tasks on Plastic Beach. The new music had evolved from previous albums, and I liked it just as much as I had before, if not more. This album definately mixes genres to the point where I don't say what type of music it is when I tell people about the band or new album. Favorite tracks are probably Stylo, Superfast Jellyfish, Empire Ants, Some Kind of Nature, and On Melacholy Hill. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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This album is probably one of the greatest Gorillaz CD's ever to be sold on the market. No words can further explain how great this CD is.