Gorillaz is the debut album by the British virtual band Gorillaz, released in 2001. It includes the singles “Clint Eastwood”, “19-2000”, “Rock the House” and “Tomorrow Comes Today”. The album reached #3 in the UK and #14 in the US.
What do you get when you combine Damon Albarn, singer for Britpop superstars Blur, with hip-hop producer Dan The Automator? Gorillaz, silly! Albarn takes a busman’s holiday and avails himself of the opportunity to take the kind of sonic risks one would be unlikely to find on a Blur album. This isn’t hip-hop or dance music per se, though “Rock the House” is a bona-fide party rap tune, and Dan The Automator adds plenty of hip-hop elements and trip-hop beats throughout. Ultimately, GORILLAZ is occupied by Albarn’s arch, twisted pop vision filtered through a dizzying array of electronic sounds and studio manipulations. There are some interesting stylistic experiments, too, as on the Latin-style “Latin Simone,” which features a guest vocal from none other than Cuban legend Ibrahim Ferrer, and “Slow Country,” which, despite its title, is an excursion into the atmospheric land of dub reggae. This is a far cry from Britpop–imagine Blur in a sonic kaleidoscope. And then try in vain to imagine either of the Gallagher brothers attempting anything close to this.
|A3||Tomorrow Comes Today||3:12|
|A4||New Genious (Brother)||3:58|
|B6||Man Research (Clapper)||4:30|
|B8||Sound Check (Gravity)||4:41|
|C10||Rock The House||4:09|
|C12||Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo)||3:36|
|D16||Clint Eastwood (Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Refix)||4:25|