Gorillaz - Demon Days
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2005 Ratings: #86 / 477
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2005 Ratings: #9
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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.

80
Sputnikmusic

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

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
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.

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

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
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.

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

ThrowBackG
75

I was sitting at my desk today waiting for the clock count to 5:00 PM. I was doing research on the new Demon Days repress of vinyl when I decided to give this a spin. I was thinking about how at one point at the age of 14 I was willing to spend $300 for the first press because I loved this album so much! It's been four years since I've listened to this album in its entirety and when I heard the drums explode in the end of 'Kid With Guns' I had a realization.

This album really is the soundtrack ... read more

Geem
85

Damn they really just got that good. This might be bias, but DOOM is on this record... I kind of have to give this something good.

junko
50

50 points goes to DARE
other than that im sleep

SusAmog
98

doom casually carrying november has come

faves: kids wiht gnu, dirty harry, feel good inc, el manana, november has come
least fave: dont get lost in heaven

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