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Music Review: Gorillaz-Humanz

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Love them or hate them, the cartoon band, Gorillaz, stays true to their sound.  This is regardless of the bevy of other artists they feature on their albums.  They use these features and mold them to their animated synthy shape.

I’m always curious to see who they’ll work with and surprised with every album.  This album brought Grace Jones on Charger, Danny Brown and Kelela on “Submission” and Carly Simon on “Ticker Tape.” Grace can do no wrong, so while others have been critical of her collaboration with Gorillaz, I love everything about “Charger.” I generally love Carly Simon as well.  However, I felt that her feature was dreary and boring.

There are several other standouts on the 26-track album, like De La Soul on “Momentz” and Anthony Hamilton on “Carnival.”

One of my favorites was “Busted and Blue,” which didn’t have any features on it and was particularly sad.  But it had a beauty to it as well, which can be seen in all of their work.

Overall I really liked the album. Because of their propensity to use other artists, it felt like I was listening to a DJ’s mixtape.  But it wasn’t disjointed or all over the place because every track was basted with the Gorillaz signature sound.

Must Listens: “Carnival,” “Charger” & “Busted and Blue”

Score 4 out of 5

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.