Cracker Island

Gorillaz - Cracker Island
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2023 Ratings: #471 / 757
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2023 Rank: #902
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Gigwise

Cracker Island proves that Gorillaz can make a commercial record while not losing the creativity that has always been a part of the project. The album can take its place proudly against Demon Days and Plastic Beach as one of their greatest achievements.

90
PopMatters
Gorillaz’s Cracker Island includes Stevie Nicks and reggaeton star Bad Bunny on an unrestrained set of dystopian songs with Damon Albarn’s melodic gift.
90
RIOT

Cracker Island joins the band’s catalogue seamlessly, and the creativity at the heart of this album isn’t lost against the glittering guest collaborations or criticisms of the world. It could have gone either way but, with their seventh effort, Gorillaz remain the exciting and unique music project that they have been since they emerged on the scene in the early 2000s.

81
Northern Transmissions

Albarn’s world just keeps expanding. He’s able to put other great artists in the spotlight, while maintaining his signature sound and exploration.

80
Uncut

Albarn’s other projects present a matured and weathered artist, something also reflected on this album’s folksy closer “Possession” (featuring Beck), but mostly Cracker Island maintains Gorillaz’ 23-year old comic-book conceit.

80
Evening Standard
This new album just highlights why Gorillaz are Damon Albarn’s most successful band.
80
The Irish Times
The virtual band’s eighth album is a unique magical musical cosmos.
80
Louder Than War

2-D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russell continue their strange cartoon journey and bring us a blast of funky summer in this new collection.

80
Record Collector

Cracker Island looms into view as their most focused collection since 2010’s Plastic Beach.

80
Spill Magazine
Gorillaz’s remarkable feature this time, besides their new cult-themed production, was their elite selection of artists to collab with.
80
Dork
Gorillaz are now over twenty years in the game, but ‘Cracker Island’ proves their capacity for reinvention and genius has not waned over the years, nor does it look likely to.
80
The Observer
A thoughtful eighth album blends Damon Albarn’s state-of-the-world concerns with the talents of collaborators from Stevie Nicks to Thundercat.
80
The Telegraph

Back in 1993, the youthful Blur caught the nation’s mood with the Britpop classic Modern Life is Rubbish. Thirty years on, Albarn sounds just as dissatisfied with the state of the modern world, yet he still appears to have at least a cartoon finger on its pulse.

80
The Independent
There’s a loose-limbed elation to the indie-funk groove of their eighth record – helped along by Stevie Nicks, Tame Impala and Thundercat.
80
Mojo
Eighth album proof that Damon Albarn's one-time side-project has become his main one.
80
The Guardian
Damon Albarn has reined in the excess – though there are still cameos from the likes of Bad Bunny and Stevie Nicks – for a trim album that is one of the band’s best.
80
Clash
Futuristic and experimental, the album covers everything from cults (and in particular) the cryptic and mysterious sect created by Murdoc called the ‘Last Cult’ and the fractious state of humanity.
80
AllMusic
Balancing bright, colorful electro-pop with a slight air of melancholy is hardly a new trick for Albarn yet there's a clean, efficient energy propelling Cracker Island that gives the album a fresh pulse.
80
NME
The band's first post-pandemic record eschews industry-busting rollouts or a concept-heavy narrative, instead showing their influence on pop's present and future.
80
DIY
One of Gorillaz’s most restrained, contemplative releases yet.
80
Rolling Stone
Stevie Nicks, Bad Bunny, and Beck are all on board, but there's less guest-list whiplash here than on any of the cartoon band's previous records.
70
musicOMH
Another lovely album from Damon Albarn features a characteristically wide range of sympathetic collaborators, from Thundercat and Beck to Stevie Nicks and Bad Bunny.
70
Exclaim!
The only thing missing from Cracker Island is a truly classic single — something to compete with "Clint Eastwood," "Feel Good Inc." or "On Melancholy Hill" as an all-timer the band's catalogue.
66
Sputnikmusic

Cracker Island is the safest bet that Gorillaz 2.0 have made yet. It featurez featurez, is not egregiously long, and—although its worst momentz are mired in languid and lackadaisical synthpop—it is sonically diverse and interesting.

65
Pitchfork
Stevie Nicks, Thundercat, Tame Impala, and Bad Bunny guest on the latest album from Damon Albarn’s cartoon band, but despite the marquee names, the record feels frustratingly like Gorillaz as usual.
60
The Skinny

It may not reach the dizzying heights of previous records, but Cracker Island proves that the Gorillaz formula still slaps.

60
The Needle Drop
A conceptual, albeit often flavorless, offering from the virtual band.
60
Under the Radar

Gorillaz was once a creative outlet that allowed Albarn to explore new territories. But Cracker Island suggests that the concept has grown stale.

50
Spectrum Culture
It feels like Albarn is trying to emulate the sounds of modern pop music, completely oblivious to the fact that his strengths lie in exploding the expected, and sticking its pieces back together in totally unexpected ways.
50
Slant Magazine
The album repeatedly stalls before it ever has a chance to really take off.
50
Loud and Quiet

Mind you, Cracker Island is not a bad album. It would be dishonest to deny the quality of the songwriting, the arrangements and the engineering. Yet very little remains behind the pleasant, polished sound this time.

45
Beats Per Minute
Cracker Island’s forgettable, milquetoast assembly line of tracks – though crisply and professionally engineered – proves that having it all shouldn’t always mean using it all.
BradTasteMusic
61

Cracker Island is an album with really bad marketing and arrangements. Everyone expected a more cohesive listen, but rather we got a half baboon assed mixtape. This project has some amazing moments at the start, and completely falls off in the second half, becoming boring dribble. The features make no sense, and overall, it feels like a long drag to the finish line.

UltimateLifeFrm
35

Gorillaz' return to music with Cracker Island is probably the most underwhelmed I've felt in quite a while.

I grew up with songs like Dare, Feel Good Inc. & Stylo and they are beloved favourites of mine. So what on earth happened here?

When the singles are the best thing about your album and it's pretty half of the tracklist released, you know you done fucked up.

Don't get me wrong, the whole record sounds nicely polished and has personality, but that charm wears thin fast and it just ... read more

MattsReviews
60

how do i delete someone elses review

Gorillaz discography is much like the evolution of man. Starts with gorillas, ends with a bunch of crackers.

48

Why did they started making boring music :(

JOJO_Br
60

"Gorillaz" é uma força inovadora que desafia os limites da criatividade musical, mas "Cracker Island" parece tropeçar em seu próprio conceito. Apesar das colaborações estelares e da promessa inicial, o álbum parece se perder em sua tentativa de fundir estilos diversos, resultando em uma experiência sonora desconexa e muitas vezes confusa.

Embora haja momentos de brilho e genialidade, especialmente nas faixas produzidas ... read more

50

Massive step back from Song Machine. Literally just generic pop with a little bit of Gorillaz flare and fun, which saves it from being even worse.

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Track List

1Cracker Island
3:33
85
2Oil
3:50
76
3The Tired Influencer
3:31
66
4Silent Running
4:26
77
5New Gold
3:35
78
6Baby Queen
3:40
73
7Tarantula
3:31
65
8Tormenta
3:13
feat. Bad Bunny
53
9Skinny Ape
4:41
71
10Possession Island
3:26
feat. Beck
64
Total Length: 37 minutes
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Added on: June 1, 2022