Only with the exquisite, hazily-focused Dr Dee, Albarn has succeeded in alchemically—if not perfectly—transforming cotton and foil into silver and gold.
Dr Dee may be a unique stand-alone subject but despite its at times challenging and dense sound, it is a record that fits perfectly into Albarn’s ever-growing catalogue.
It’s accessible in parts, immensely challenging in others, and beguiling in its entirety.
If it’s not a masterwork it’s an evocative accompaniment to a summer’s day, a sporadic but persuasive reminder of how spine-tingling Albarn’s voice can be
The Dr Dee soundtrack is a deeply felt but difficult to love entry into Albarn's entirely singular discography.
There aren’t any tornados here. Dr Dee is more of a musical fog made for sipping tea while blankly gazing onto a desolate street.
Clearly Damon is pleased to be carving a niche in the world of high art, but perhaps ‘Dr Dre The Opera: Nuthin’ But An ENO Thang’ might have served his legend better.
As a piece of music, however, the operatic folk of Dr. Dee doesn't leave much of an impression.
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