AOTY 2020

Demon Days

Gorillaz - Demon Days
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2005 Ratings: #85 / 455
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2005 Ratings: #5
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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.

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
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
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.
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
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.
60
Alternative Press
The music is mostly an interesting hybrid of unlikely elements and naggingly catchy tunes.
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.

Inglume
77
And just like that, November Has Come once again.

It's been nearly 15 years since the release of Demon Days. Much of the 2000s mainstream music landscape that once dominated the charts alongside Gorillaz are left virtually forgotten and disposed of. Times have changed, popular music has evolved, yet Gorillaz and Demon Days have stuck around, evolving into a respected musical landmark for the era it was birthed in.

It's fair to say that Demon Days was the voice for a new generation. An ... 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
KIDWITHGUNs
95
☆☆☆☆ 1/2

Demon Days is wonderful, all the themes of drugs, loneliness, alcohol, death and dancing into a brighter utopia eventually culminate into a pretty ethreal climax.

The world the album depicts is one of despair and wickedness plaguing the planet.

Yet... there's still hope for change. Just like the world we live in today.

*EDIT: IT'S REALLY SATISFYING HOW WE GET FROM A SINISTER, EERIE MOOD TO A TRIUMPHANT ONE. I MEAN, THIS IS JUST ONE EXCELLENT PACKAGE OF QUALITY. NOVEMBER ... read more
exception
88
having a "virtual band" seemed like a silly concept at first to me, but then i listened to a few gorillaz tracks, followed by their debut LP. and boy was i proven wrong. gorillaz has such a unique mix of many genres including rock, hip hop, pop, and electronic music. the guest verses were very good, and it's not like these were nobody rappers either. the instrumentation was very impressive, the variation of different mediums used to create the instrumentals was one of the best ... read more
_zeltrxn17
100
November hasn't come yet, but our dying planet wouldn't wait for it during its demon days, and this album wouldn't either.

And to be honest, I also couldn't wait to finally talk about this absolute masterpiece that is Demon Days. We all know Gorillaz at this point, one of the most iconic, influential and acclaimed musical acts of this century. Bands like BROCKHAMPTON would probably never be a thing if not for Gorillaz. This is their second studio album, following their self-titled ... read more
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Last Living Souls
  3. Kids With Guns
  4. O Green World
  5. Dirty Harry
  6. Feel Good Inc
  7. El Mañana
  8. Every Planet We Reach Is Dead
  9. November Has Come
  10. All Alone
  11. White Light
  12. Dare
  13. Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head
  14. Don't Get Lost In Heaven
  15. Demon Days

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