Album Review: Humanz by Gorillaz
Well, it has been a long six years, but the Gorillaz have finally released a new album. To put it simply, this album is a complete masterpiece spearheaded by musical genius Damon Albarn of Blur. Armed with his melodica, Albarn has amassed artists from around the world such as Pusha T, De La Soul, Carly Simon and even D.R.A.M. to construct another masterpiece with a focus on the political landscape of today. While some people may view Gorillaz as a niche band because of their ever-changing style or animated band, this album is a perfect time to immerse yourself in the Gorillaz culture.
While the record boasts 26 tracks, including trippy song interludes, there are a handful of tracks that really standout and make the album shine. One such song would be “Momentz” featuring De La Soul.
The last time De La Soul appeared on a Gorillaz record would have been his collaboration for the global hit “Feel Good Inc.”, but “Momentz” is a glorious return for the rapper. With an authoritative marching beat the song serves as a heavy political commentary like the rest of the album.
Another great track on the album would be “Let Me Out” featuring Mavis Staples and Pusha T. Like the rest of the album, there is heavy political commentary in this song about change. In addition to that, Albarn has also bleeped out the names of certain political figures, so I highly recommend you look up the lyrics to figure out who these politicians are. Still, this song is a perfect blend of modern rap mixed with Albarn’s iconic voice and Staples’ powerful chorus too.
For those fans who are not that big into hip hop and rap, fear not there are tracks for you to enjoy too. D.R.A.M. who provided the beat for the mega hit “Broccoli”, lends his talents for creating the catchy beat for the song “Andromeda”. Unlike other Gorillaz songs, this song has a direct reference to a nightclub from Albarn’s youth named after the hit song that inspired it. All I can say is this, listen to the song and be prepared to get transported to the greatest nightclub ever.
Finally, the best song on the entire record is “We Got The Power” featuring Jehenny Beth and Noel Gallagher. Yes, you’re reading that right. Noel Gallagher of Oasis and Damon Albarn of Blur collaborated together. Although they were enemies during the surge of Britpop in the 90s, they have decided to bury the hatchet and collaborate together. The product of this peacemaking is a great catchy song that preaches the power of unity which is very apt for the collab and also the political climate today.
Humanz is out now and give it a listen on Spotify or if you’re like me peep it’s spot on iTunes top albums and buy it up now!