Gorillaz - Demon Days
Nov 1, 2019
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 important album that truly captured the political and social landscape of post-9/11 and remains widely celebrated today for its thoughtful themes, great experimentation, creative genre fusions and colorful, cartoony style. Gorillaz had evolved from their rusty junkyard vibes of their debut into a more ambitious, politically-driven, intricate and conceptual sound, with hard-hitting iconic songs that still stick with us years later.

And that's probably the main selling point of Demon Days. It's got iconic songs, an eclectic arrangement of musical ideas that could appeal to anyone's ears, incredibly rhythmic/groovy songs that get people up on their feet and great themes to go along with the "virtual-band" style Gorillaz had been known for. When it comes down to the album itself, it is quite rough around the edges as it tries to put all its musical ideas together, which hinders a lot of my enjoyment for Demon Days. While undeniably an important album I respect, the experience itself isn't quite as riveting.

Not every risk or addition to the album was beneficial. Sometimes the production gives off a messy presentation that leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes, the album takes odd detours to try and experiment with its sounds to little success. Some of the most iconic tracks overshadow the album's deeper cuts. Demon Days is not cohesive all the way through and tracks don't always complement each other well, either conceptually or sonically.

Regardless, Gorillaz has proven with their first 3 albums to be a monumental force filled with creative chemistry and juice. Whether you're a fan of the more playful, clunky, junkyard vibes of their debut, the more politically-driven, melancholic, cryptic, apocalyptic Demon Days or the more colorful, ecstasy-filled, fantastical, imaginative, melodic world of Plastic Beach (like me), there's bound to be something that appeals to you.

If there's one thing that I find particularly great about this record, it's the album-run from tracks 2 to 9, lots of iconic songs and nostalgia-filled moments for sure!

FAV TRACKS: November Has Come, Dare, Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head, Last Living Souls, Kids With Guns, Dirty Harry, Feel Good Inc, El Manana, Every Planet We Reach is Dead

LEAST FAV TRACKS: All Alone, Demon Days
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Jul 21, 2020
... almost all of the tracks were in your "fav tracks" and you gave this album a 77...
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