Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
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Based on 35 reviews
2010 Ratings: #44 / 879
Year End Rank: #17
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2010 Ratings: #10
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March 3, 2010 / Release Date
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Virgin / Label
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Ex-Blur frontman Damon Albarn ditches the idea of writing pop songs a cartoon band might front and makes one of his most gorgeous pop records in years.

A.V. Club

Where Gorillaz and Demon Days often got bogged down in idle experimentation, Plastic Beach feels more urgent and less fiddly.


Plastic Beach is the first Gorillaz album to play like a soundtrack to a cartoon -- which isn’t entirely a bad thing, because as Albarn grows as a composer, he’s a master of subtly shifting moods and intricately threaded allusions, often creating richly detailed collages that are miniature marvels.


Of the sixteen tracks at least seven are filler and with repeat performances, ‘Plastic Beach’ does feel a tad recycled towards the end; more Blackpool than Hawaii, it’s still an album full of brilliance from a bona fide British genius.

The Needle Drop

Gorillaz latest LP is as dynamic as their previous efforts, but much more conceptual and cohesive.

STUNNED is the only word to describe how I felt throughout most of this album. No wonder I loved it so much when I listened to it sometime last year, but sadly after that I forgot every single thing that even happened in the album. The combination of genres and the features included on this album all just add to this weird and beautiful atmosphere in a great way. It got a bit forgettable towards the end, but Pirate Jet was a great ending.

fav tracks: White Flag, Rhinestone Eyes, Stylo, ... read more
Yeah, this really keeps growing on me.

By far my favorite Gorillaz album.
This record really has some incredible highs and is probably their most ambitious and conceptual effort. There are also so many interesting components to it, such as the production, flow, and chemistry with the guest features that really sell this record! Almost all of these tracks have so much stardom and it easily has some of the best Gorillaz tracks!

FAV TRACKS (there's a lot): Welcome to the World of the Plastic ... read more
While a few tracks on here don’t land nearly as well as they should, as a collective project, “Plastic Beach” is one of those albums that I grew up experiencing. I have a lot of nostalgia from many of the hits off of this album. Waves of that nostalgia really come back through songs like Melancholy Hill, Superfast Jellyfish, Stylo, Broken, and Rhinestone Eyes.

Amazingly though, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for this album, as many ... read more

Plastic Beach somehow manages to build and perfect this gorgeous style that puts listeners inside a mythical, digital world in the middle of nowhere.
God, it's like I'm on a thrilling adventure with all the band members in a place I've never seen before.
While it does have tracks like; Glitter Freeze and the infamous Sweepstakes, which probably require more than one listen to get used to, the album has a handful of powerhouse tracks that make up for it
Also "Pirate Jet" ... read more
A modern classic.
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Track List

  1. Orchestral Intro (ft. Sinfonia ViVA)
  2. Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (ft. Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
  3. White Flag (ft. Kano, Bashy, and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music)
  4. Rhinestone Eyes
  5. Stylo (ft. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)
  6. Superfast Jellyfish (ft. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
  7. Empire Ants (ft. Little Dragon)
  8. Glitter Freeze (ft. Mark E Smith)
  9. Some Kind Of Nature (ft. Lou Reed)
  10. On Melancholy Hill
  11. Broken
  12. Sweepstakes (ft. Mos Def and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
  13. Plastic Beach (ft. Mick Jones and Paul Simonon)
  14. To Binge (ft. Little Dragon)
  15. Cloud of Unknowing (ft. Bobby Womack and Sinfonia ViVA)
  16. Pirate Jet
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