Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Critic Score
Based on 38 reviews
2010 Ratings: #38 / 910
Year End Rank: #17
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2010 Ratings: #4
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Fly
A seamless coming together of artists, cultures and themes on a record by a band that doesn’t even exist; on ‘Plastic Beach’, Damon Albarn’s Midas touch is bordering on genius.
100
Q Magazine

There was nothing like Demon Days before and there's been nothing like it since. Until now... Plastic Beach picks up several steps on from where its predecessor left off.

100
musicOMH

Its real strength lies in the fact that it implores you to return for repeated visits to a world riddled with other people’s cast-offs. Ironically, it recycles nothing; everything here is box fresh.

100
Spectrum Culture

If the band never create another record, it will stand as their masterpiece and a new paradigm of collaboration.

90
Beats Per Minute

This anything-goes approach makes Plastic Beach equally enjoyable on the surface level and rewarding of closer attention.

90
Billboard
Gorillaz may have originated as a way for Damon Albarn to sidestep the limelight, but on the cartoon group’s third album, “Plastic Beach,” he very much takes center stage.
90
The Needle Drop

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

90
Consequence of Sound

SThe Gorillaz are hanging out on what looks like the coolest Play Mobile set of an island I have ever seen and have created a record that is just as amazing as the previous two.

85
Pitchfork

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.

83
A.V. Club

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

70
DIY

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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
PopMatters

Fortunately, Plastic Beach‘s weaknesses are few and far between. Overall, while the album isn’t an artistic triumph or grand satirical gesture, it is an enjoyable ride and is the best place to start if you just want a taste of Albarn’s post-Blur musical prowess and Hewlett’s animation wizardry.

70
Clash
An intoxicating cocktail of musical styles and pioneers, ‘Plastic Beach’ is instantly recognisable as a Gorillaz album despite, or perhaps because of, its scatter shot styles, contributors and voices.
BradTasteMusic
92

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

lerkenfeldt
87

A modern classic.

RakkSmells
92

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

DahGraham
95

Little summary of each track below :)

Orchestral Intro: A great introduction into the album, helps you get into the vibe and the transition into the first song helps that idea.

Welcome To The World of the Plastic Beach: Basically a continuation of the intro, a grand electropop intro with snoop dogg welcoming you to the album. Really hard instrumental

White Flag: I love the Arabic orchestra on this track, it sounds so sick, really my standout. the verses are still good, giving more building ... read more

LetalShertly
86

No Clint Eastwood.

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