Gorillaz - Demon Days
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2005 Ratings: #59 / 512
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2005 Rank: #14All Time: #373
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

It not only eclipses the first Gorillaz album, which in itself was a terrific record, but stands alongside the best Blur albums, providing a tonal touchstone for this decade the way Parklife did for the '90s.

100
The Observer

For all its preoccupation with mortality, however, Demon Days oozes life from first note to last.

90
musicOMH

Demon Days as a whole is a thing of considerable depth and melancholia and offers rather more soul than the cartoon gimmick would suggest.

90
PopMatters

Even without words that mean much of anything, the music of Demon Days is enough to evoke. What exactly it evokes is open for debate, though trying to resolve that debate is proving to be one of the most unique pleasures the year has offered thus far. Demon Days is fantastic.

90
The Sydney Morning Herald
Albarn's natural pop tendencies ensure Gorillaz rise above other disposable novelty acts.
90
DIY
While a sense of slightly misbehaved fun pervades the album, 'Demon Days' is sprinkled with more introspective moments.
80
God Is in the TV
The raw quantity of different musical styles and cleverly sketched out middle-eighths mean that you cold listen to this album perhaps fifty times and still discover some new buried treasure each time you do.
80
The Independent

It's extraordinary ... that this follow-up should not just surpass its predecessor, but should do so with such a carefree sense of fun and such fertile musical invention.

80
Uncut
A dazzlingly clever record--great beats, brilliant production, top tunes and some of Albarn's best singing.
80
The Guardian

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Demon Days is how much of it recalls the last Blur album, Think Tank. Ten years ago, any comparison between Blur's oeuvre and a sort of dub/hip-hop/lo-fi indie/world music hybrid would have seemed utterly implausible.

80
Sputnikmusic

Unlike their previous effort, Demon Days is truly an excellent effort.

80
HipHopDX
With production of all 15 tracks by DJ Danger Mouse, the album is an eclectic blend of beats, rhythm and head nod.
80
Q Magazine

Demon Days marks a further leap forward, with Albarn not only displaying a mastery of his new tools - but employing a fresh and superior roster of hired help.

80
The Irish Times
Besides a heavyweight selection of MCs (De La Soul, Roots Manuva and Pharcyde's Booty Brown), it's the many shades of funk in use that make this such a joy.
80
NME
Before you even consider the sonic and melodic innovation paraded through the album there’s so much crammed into each of these fifteen songs (without any one of them sounding overproduced or cluttered) that repeated listening is a must.
80
Evening Standard
In fact, the cartoon visual concept is all but irrelevant next to the fascinating sounds.
75
SPIN
Woozy yet unflagging, the music wavers like a weary gyroscope that gradually loses momentum but never topples.
75
Entertainment Weekly

Demon Days is spookier, blippier, and more on edge. It’s also not as cohesive. Some of the guest turns work; others are one-listen experiences. Tailor-made for iPod pruning.

70
Prefix
As you listen to it more and more, the music begins to make sense, the hooks come into focus and everything appears in sharp resolution, manifesting itself in a giant pop animal created for your indulgence.
70
Slant Magazine

With the exception of the bouncy new wave pop number “DARE,” Demon Days is decidedly bleaker than its predecessor and—from the opening song, “Last Living Souls,” to the spoken word “Fire Coming Out of a Monkey’s Head,” performed with deadpan panache by Dennis Hopper—noticeably more apocalyptic.

70
Paste
With Gorillaz enlisting the underground-infamous Danger Mouse as producer this time, the sound is more psychedeli-danceable than ever.
70
Drowned in Sound
So many names, so many influences: perhaps unsurprisingly 'Demon Days' is a dizzying, disorientating and sometimes directionless album.
69
Pitchfork

Like the Gorillaz's self-titled debut, Demon Days goes the way of most auteur projects, its oversize idea load making for a trip equal parts peak and valley. But also like the debut, Demon Days is better than it has any right to be, featuring singles stronger than anything released under the Blur banner since, you know, that "Woo-hoo" song.

60
NOW Magazine

They've been good for little more than a couple of pop novelty tunes thus far. Demon Days is a different story.

60
Alternative Press
The music is mostly an interesting hybrid of unlikely elements and naggingly catchy tunes.
60
Rolling Stone
Surprisingly, Albarn's vocals, phoned-in and incredibly flat, weigh the record down. Without the lush melodies that always balanced Blur's smartass cynicism with emotion, his voice becomes a downer. Once a brilliant way to free Albarn up, Gorillaz has become an all-too-cool facade for him to hide behind.
58
Coke Machine Glow

What’s particularly interesting about Demon Days is not that they have half of a good record—there are plenty of albums that can’t even manage that—it’s that it’s so clearly the first half.

ThePurpleIdiot
100

Man, I love revisiting my old favorites, here’s another one of them. Wow, while relistening to this album, I forgot how amazing it was, I forgot how much I loved it. This is probably my seventh favorite album of all time, for real. This is one of those albums that got me into music, especially this album. This alongside their self-titled debut “Gorillaz”, this would get me into more alternative and experimental music too, which is something that I appreciate this album a lot ... read more

AllAboutMusic
92

Well shit…

Gorillaz is a band I’ve been meaning to get into for months now. I figured that since I had nothing to listen to tonight that now would be a good time to listen to this thing. Bro… I wasn’t expecting to like it THIS much.

Damn, this shit is so fucking fire. I went into this not knowing what I was getting into, and not knowing what to expect, and I got a masterpiece. For one, the production is S tier on literally every track. Not a single beat that ... read more

UltimateLifeFrm
90

What a trip!

Demon Days was the 2nd album from British virtual band Gorillaz, released in May 2005.
It was recorded at Studio 13 in London and features an ensemble list of producers / singers including Danger Mouse, Shaun Ryder, De La Soul & MF Doom.

Demon Days was a major success critically & commercially, charting at No. 1 in the UK Albums Charts & No. 6 in the US Billboard 200.

Gorillaz' album ventures into a wildly unique journey through various genres like Hip-Hop, Trip Hop, ... read more

Juanocha
84

My introduction to Gorillaz and the world of Albums.

I can see how this album was so influential to a lot of recent records and genres. I really fascinates me how they managed to make even the shortest tracks soo good.

Fav song: "Feel Good Inc."

Least Fav: "White Light"

89

Wow this is so good

IvanDrerer
90

This is the consolidation of the main idea Damon had with his previous album. Almost every moment in Demon Days is absolutely creative and interesting. Bro, the fucking beats are banger after banger, and the way it conceives a funny sound at the same time it's dramatic or tragic, is a very difficult achievement. Since Last Living Souls until November Has Come every song is a hit, covering almost half hour of pure quality and dystopian synths. I specially love Every Planet We Reach Is Dead ... read more

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