Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
Critic Score
Based on 37 reviews
2014 Ratings: #260 / 957
Year End Rank: #42
User Score
Based on 276 ratings
2014 Ratings: #182
Liked by 6 people
April 28, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner / Label
Art Pop, Downtempo / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

It’ll take some time to get to grips with, and requires input – this isn’t a passive album – but you reap what you sow, and if you take enough time with Everyday Robots, you’ll be rewarded with a dazzling LP that’ll lodge itself in your mind from now until your last breath.

90
Exclaim!

Everyday Robots is a graceful and beguiling album from an artist that continues to explore, mature and surprise us with each release.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Poetics aside, Everyday Robots is an album of very carefully orchestrated chaos, a live congress of organic and synthetic textures; the instrumentation seems at once to be incidental and micro-managed, carefully situated in its utter formlessness.

80
DIY

Though ‘Everyday Robots’ may well be exactly the album that has so long been expected, it’s that which makes it all the more effective. 

80
AllMusic

Russell assists Albarn in shaping Everyday Robots into a quiet, contemplative extended meditation on modernity and the past, a record that seems personal but stops just short of confessional. 

80
PopMatters

When he’s not scoring a musical or utilizing the talents of supergroup members, Albarn knows how to compartmentalize his numerous strengths and quietly make a marvel. 

80
NME

The seductive music, with its Bon Iver found-sound creaks and crackles of static, its colliery laments, its gothic calypsos and its full-on Magnetic Fields alt-showtunes invite intimacy and the slow picking away of its layers. Albarn pulls you close and whispers the codes of his life into your ear. 

80
The Skinny

A satisfying, intimate collection from one of the UK's finest songwriters – a promising start to a new phase from an artist clearly revelling in his maturity

80
Under The Radar

After 20 years it seems strange to say, but Damon Albarn may finally have put the ghosts of his Britpop past to rest. 

80
Spin

It is, in fact, the inverse of nearly all of Albarn's previous work: immediate, restrained, even downright painful in parts.

75
Consequence of Sound

As personal as it is, Albarn deftly clouds his songs with opacity, inviting the listener to get lost in its spacious, lush portraits. This far into his career, Albarn’s unparalleled versatility continues to reveal new facets of his ever-morphing personality. 

75
Paste

Ultimately, Everyday Robots just sounds like another great album from one of pop music’s most fearless sonic chameleons.

70
Drowned in Sound

Everyday Robots is a lovely record, and in its lack of duds or whimsical twattery it’s probably one of most consistent things Albarn has ever put his name to. 

70
FACT Magazine

Taken on those terms – as an audio memoir, wending through the terraces of a storied past – Everyday Robots feels pretty satisfying.

70
Pitchfork

Robots is decidedly lowercase music, more a piece of his puzzle than a picture on its own.

70
American Songwriter

Little will reach out and grab you on first listen, but after a few tunes, Albarn entices you to stay for the whole project.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

The album sadly calls to mind a truism of investing: past performance is not an indication of future results.

50
A.V. Club

Everyday Robots disappoints not because it’s underwhelming or sleepy, but rather because it just isn’t Albarn’s best work. 

PipePanic
100
STORY REVIEW: (This is less a structured review with points to make and more a writing piece inspired by Everyday Robots and its themes in regards to love and technology. I know this style isn't liked by all, but I do hope to get something out of writing this, even if it's not the best use as a 'review'. I implore you to check this album out though, as it has some amazing musical moments that make me almost tear up at times. Hope you enjoy it!)

“Waiting is the worst part of life.”, ... read more
CLJesse
72
[MY10 CHALLENGE: DAY 2]

**@Pipe's 100**

Gorillaz? More like shut the fuck up and give me more of this + Blur.

I can't help but appreciate the very lush approach to Everyday Robots. Albarn's very gentle, soothing vocal performance accompanied by soft, orchestra-inspired instrumentation creates a lovely little concoction. While there is a bit of a somber feel to this record, there's a contrasting sense of brightness to it. There's something strangely happy hidden amongst the depressive ... read more
TheDankestMeme
70
[MY10 DAYS CHALLENGE: DAY 2 - PIPE'S OTHER 10]

Now here we are again with the legend himself PipePanic's second 10/10 album and like the first one, the man has taste. Everyday Robots can get repetitive at times but all in all ends up being a pretty rewarding and satisfying experience. I am not a huge Gorillaz fan so going into this I haven't set much standards for what I expect from a solo project from their lead vocalist. I'm also not a huge Blur fan either so there's also that. Surprisingly ... read more
M3GAWATT
91
MY10 CHALLENGE: DAY 2 (@Pipe's 10)

Damon Albarn. We do not deserve this man. I have been a huge fan of Damon Albarn's work for a long time now. Blur is one of my favorite bands of all time and I think was a huge influence for the genre of pop, Gorillaz took a creative path to produce their music and introduced audiences to different sounds they wouldn't have bothered to hear and his solo work explored the musical ideas that he didn't delve into very deeply on those previous projects. I had ... read more
spicyb
73
Hey, this was actually a pretty interesting album! Good job, Pipe!

Now some songs definitely stood out more to me than others, particularly the title track and Lonely Press Play, but there definitely wasn’t a single song that I didn’t at least somewhat enjoy. The production on here is super professional, probably being the highlight of the entire album for me. There’s all of these little quirks hidden in the electronic minimalistic beats, and it just sounds so slick and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Everyday Robots
  2. Hostiles
  3. Lonely Press Play
  4. Mr Tembo
  5. Parakeet
  6. The Selfish Giant
  7. You and Me
  8. Hollow Ponds
  9. Seven High
  10. Photographs (You Are Taking Now)
  11. The History Of A Cheating Heart
  12. Heavy Seas Of Love
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Added on: January 19, 2014