Humanz

Gorillaz - Humanz
Critic Score
Based on 40 reviews
2017 Ratings: #300 / 921
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2017 Ratings: #638
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Evening Standard

It’s hard to imagine how he’ll turn this army of performers into a coherent live spectacle at Gorillaz’ own festival in Margate this summer, but as a headphone record Humanz is a dazzling experience.

90
Albumism

Humanz is a filling work, but it doesn't leave its participants and listeners feeling stuffed. Instead, it keeps us wanting more of its humorous, prudent, and post-modern pop hijinks. You know, musical anarchy and hedonism, what Gorillaz do best in times of need.

90
Northern Transmissions
With more side-projects than most can keep track of, Gorillaz has still been his most consistently intriguing project and this latest collaborator filled record is no disappointment. Leaning heavily on the pop and hip hop side of project, he pulls some of the best names and infuses them in his great and fearless writing for a record that will grow on listeners with every listen.
85
Paste

The most vibrant, consistently engaging Gorillaz album yet.

80
GIGsoup
Blur frontman Damon Albarn once again gathers up another exciting and eclectic roster of talent and meshes them with his usual lazy flair for melodies into a multicultural moshpit that oozes evermore so with melancholy and mania.
80
The Arts Desk

Humanz has a few cuts that aren’t initially persuasive but, happily, the balance tips in favour of wildly inventive leftfield pop.

80
Spill Magazine

All in all, Humanz is a record that proves that Gorillaz are as strong as ever even after their absence from the music world. It’s an assertive and groovy collection of songs that takes you on a journey through the world that Gorillaz have created with their artistry.

80
The Telegraph

Humanz is a giddy celebration of unity in difference, the sound of eccentrics, weirdos, outsiders and freaks partying together in defiance of convention. It is music where anything goes, as long as it’s got a groove and a heart.

80
The Skinny

This is intelligent party music, but it’s also headphone listening.

80
DIY

Gorillaz’s new album sees the characters handing over the reigns to the humans, and creating their biggest, most political statement yet, via the mouthpiece of some of the music world’s most vital voices. 

80
The Guardian

As usual, he displays exquisite taste in collaborators ... and an impressive ability to get the best out of them by throwing them into unlikely circumstances ... On the downside, it seems a little light on hooks, as if the business of experimenting with production and the excitement of juxtaposing incongruous musical bedfellows took precedence over writing hits.

80
Clash

They have created their most youthful album yet; a vibrant record which paints a picture of the near future so vivid it seems convincingly real.

80
NME

The lawless, world-altering scenario ‘Humanz’ presents us with is not a poorly attended inauguration but a massive, cross-genre party, composed largely on an iPad by Albarn and illustrated by his mate Jamie Hewlett.

80
The Independent

Though by no means as complete and satisfying as Demon Days or Plastic Beach, there are enough intriguing moments to make Humanz a worthy addition to Gorillaz’s cartoon universe.

80
Exclaim!

Humanz might just be Albarn's greatest achievement yet with Gorillaz. Although it lacks the kind of Apple-friendly jingles that have made them such a smash, it makes up for it with palatably overarching political themes and sequencing that gives it the wildly entertaining feel of a circus show.

76
Sputnikmusic

For every dumb interlude or misjudged feature or weak beat, there are at least two moments of genuine brilliance here.

75
A.V. Club

The tracks are all good—they are all “fun”—but there’s a manic intensity to it that doesn’t add up.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Humanz, Damon’s fourth record as Gorillaz, is not his best, but it didn’t need to be. It’s a comeback record that’s less immediate and sugary than Plastic Beach, less iconic than the self-titled or Demon Days.

75
Spectrum Culture

This is a different kind of Gorillaz record, and it’s likely to be a grower if only because most fans will find certain expectations quickly shattered.

70
musicOMH

With so many talented people involved, Humanz was always going to have its moments, and it is undoubtedly an engaging, intriguing and bold record. Yet when compared to Demon Days or Plastic Beach, one cannot help but feel just a little underwhelmed by the songs here.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald

The takeaway from Humanz is not that the record is poor: there are loads of good tracks here. But rather that while it may purport to have a cohesive story, this is an album enjoyed more in individual tracks than in combination.

70
Drowned in Sound

Humanz is good, because Gorillaz are good, and it distinguishes itself by probably being the band’s most party-orientated record, which is great. But ultimately it feel like Gorillaz are now more curators than provocateurs, locked into a classy, comfortable groove.

70
PopMatters

Humanz is another strong entry in Albarn’s lengthy and brilliant catalog. At its best, it doubles down on what Albarn has done right all along while also pointing in new directions he can go.

70
Rolling Stone

This mix-and-match mob is never dull, but it yields magic just intermittently. When it does, however, it's something to behold.

70
AllMusic

Even with its heavy, heavy R&B vibe and roiling politics, Humanz feels strangely uplifting, as if every musician who entered the studio found solace in the act of creation.

70
Resident Advisor

The lyrics on Humanz might be Gorillaz's darkest, but the album has lots of bright music. Albarn says he thought of it as a party mixtape, which translates on Humanz via dayglo synths, rubbery basslines and catchy hooks.

70
Loud and Quiet

‘Humanz’ is largely an impressive showcase of how Albarn’s eclectic tastes are something he’s more than capable of harnessing and tying together with intelligence and nuance.

69
Pitchfork

Humanz mostly feels like a playlist as a result, with each song acting as a self-contained referendum on how this particular guest fares in Gorillaz World.

67
Consequence of Sound

With a bit more focus, Humanz could have been an essential part of Gorillaz’s narrative. Instead, it’s a scatterbrained frenzy of emotion — which is what’s to be expected of anything immersing itself in the chaotic, logic-free nonsense of the world post-election.

65
Under The Radar

While Humanz is the biggest departure Gorillaz has yet attempted, it is also their biggest grower.

60
The Young Folks

Humanz is by no means a bad album, it’s definitely fascinating to hear Gorillaz become so separated from their own music. But that’s the trick of Gorillaz, seeing how far their non-existence can go.

60
The Observer

As ever ... the achievement of this album lies in Albarn marshalling an array of talents, and hauling the mainstream to a stranger place for a little while.

60
Slant Magazine

Albarn effectively weaves together his guests' ostensibly disparate styles.

60
NOW Magazine

It weaves together reggae, soul, hip-hop, house and pop as if to push back against the self-centeredness of American politics under President Trump. Unfortunately, few songs truly stand out.

50
The Needle Drop

Humanz has its share of strong performances and musical highlights, but all too often its guests are misplaced or poorly utilized and the songwriting/production just isn't up to the Gorillaz standard.

PipePanic
75

While there really isn't enough Gorillaz on this Gorillaz album, there is some interesting ideas and fun sounds at play here, feeling more like the worlds darkest party banger album then the comeback many were expecting.

Favorite jams: Momentz, Charger, Ascension

Lest Favorite: Sex Murder Party

plankocean
35

This album is gonna fucking suck lol

Edit: meh.

Edit 2: Yeah I was right

PcPowerUp
100

Revisiting this incredible work of art after seeing the equally incredible "Reject False Icon" documentary. This was the first ever album I was "hyped" for. I have nothing but nostalgia for this album. It takes me back to a simpler time when I was just a teenager making youtube videos and stupid joke songs with my friends. This album may be technically flawed and not every song is a banger but this record is just too perfect for ME to give less than a 100. It means so much ... read more

50

An incredibly mixed bag. An album of high highs and low lows, mixed in with very average songs too. Some songs off this album I really like and would say is the band at their best, and other times I would say frankly the opposite. Features with Gorrilaz are very hit or miss, songs such as 'She's My Collar' and 'Ascension' being some of the best in the LP, but others just being plain bad. The first half is definitely the better as quality dips after 'Andromeda', with the exception of 'She's My ... read more

Aeroena
97

I love this album so much. The deluxe makes it SO much better. Submission, the apprentice, andromeda and so many more are so good.

SalvadorSCS
42

de verdad sufrí esta madre

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Added on: March 23, 2017