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CD Review: Plastic Beach Gorillaz

By Colt Langley/sports editor

With beach sounds of seagulls and crashing waves, the Gorillaz’ new album Plastic Beach takes the band into uncharted waters.

gorillaz-plastic-beachReleased March 3, Plastic Beach, the Gorillaz’ third album, features no less than 14 contributing artists. Artists like Bobby Womack, Lou Reed, De La Soul and Snoop Dogg are just a few.

The album’s first single “Stylo” features vocal performances by Mos Def and Womack. Matched up with the music video, this song is perfectly illustrated. “Stylo” is great to listen to while driving.

“Superfast Jellyfish” features Gruff Rhys and De La Soul. The shortest song on the album, it has a catchy hook in the chorus with almost watery-sounding vocals.

People will recognize De La Soul for its contribution on the Gorillaz’ 2005 release “Feel Food Inc.”

Another catchy song, “Some Kind of Nature” features a guest vocal performance by Reed. This song’s title and main line is a play on the song “Some Kind of Love” by the Velvet Underground, for which Reed was a founding member.

A pop-sounding song on this record is called “On Melancholy Hill.” Despite its title, the song has an upbeat feel.

Plastic Beach is nothing like anything the Gorillaz have released before. For some people, it may take some getting used to because it sounds nothing like their 2005 album Demon Days, which has lots of catchy songs. Not that Plastic Beach doesn’t — it is just a more laid-back record.

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