Plastic Beach

Posted: April 1, 2010 in Music
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I have to admit, I still don’t entirely understand the band Gorillaz. But who couldn’t love a virtual band with contributors like Snoop Dog, Bobby Womack, Mos Def and the Lebanese National Orchestra as part of their latest release. Damon Albarn’s (the only permanent musician in the ‘band’) latest project, Plastic Beach, sounds like an immediate classic. I only listened to the album (released March 9th 2010) after friends from both sides of the ocean Twit-raved about the a couple of the new tracks (this might legitimize and condemn Twitter in the same stroke). Start with the track Stylo, then On Melancholy Hill.

Call it pop, alternative or electronic. A band filled with fanciful members shouldn’t be limited to one genre anyway. Plastic Beach may not be as musically progressive as the Gorillaz last release, Demon Days, but the pop hooks, shiny effects and Eastern lines and harmonies may just end up being contagious.

Give it a listen. On Grooveshark. (Why not listen to a virtual band I don’t entirely grasp through a virtual music platform I don’t entirely grasp — careful, this post may have a developing theme)

Also check out Micheal Katzif’s review from NPR.com.

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