Plastic Beach
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2010 Ratings: #52 / 835
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 328 ratings
2010 Ratings: #36
Your Review



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.

Jan 22, 2016*
EDIT: ok, there really isn't a ton of substance or character to this album compared to what Gorillaz has in the older end of their discography. Some great tunes are on Plastic Beach, but it is not nearly what I believed it was.

ive found this record to be a bit better than its predecessor, demon days. plastic beach is one of the most cohesive albums i have ever listened to. it has everything i could want in an album of this caliber. near masterpiece quality.
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May 6, 2015
A modern classic.
Feb 9, 2017
A couple great tracks and a great concept. Can't really label a genre for this album, so many features and different music types that each track jumps from sound to sound, but it all still works together extremely well. Empire Ants on repeat.
Dec 4, 2016
fuck oasis
fuck gallagher
damon is da real mvp
Apr 9, 2016
The gorillaz invited their friends for the day, simply to play with pop culture, with expanded rules and free spirit and though the amusement was theirs, the pleasure is ours.
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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