AOTY 2018

Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2014 Ratings: #253 / 845
Year End Rank: #42
User Score
Based on 211 ratings
2014 Ratings: #140
April 28, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner / Label
Richard Russell / Producer
Art Pop, Downtempo / Genres
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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.


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

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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 

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

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. 


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

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. 


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

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. 

FACT Magazine

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


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

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.

Pretty Much Amazing

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

A.V. Club

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

This album is fucking gorgeous. Musically, it's a strange mix of Radiohead with grime production, but it's so much more then that. It's tender, warm and inviting, yet hallow, distant, and extremely metallic. It's depressing, personal and in a lot of ways, human, yet somehow it's lost. It's lost inside the maze of it's own mind, searching to find resolution. It's almost like a depressed robot, wandering around the world, trying to find it's place, never really finding it's way, but having sparks ... read more
An underrated record full of blissful tunes and the remarkable accuracy of his emotions.

BEST TRACKS: Hostiles, Heavy Seas of Love, Lonely Press Play, Hollow Ponds, You and Me, Everyday Robots
A very personal album from the Blur frontman, "Everyday Robots" tells the story of his life through beautiful production and very coming of age lyrics.

Fav Tracks: Everyday Robots, Heavy Seas Of Love, Lonely Press Play, Photographs (You Are Taking Now), The History Of A Cheating Heart, Hostiles

Least Fav Track: Seven High

Much like most of the Gorillaz discography, there are songs on here that will stay with you forever, while the rest is too haphazard to even remember the name of.
This guy has the knack of turning everything he touches into a sonic experience.
This time, he crawles into an acoustic, laid back groove, like a bittersweet but tender lullaby.
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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