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Visit The “Plastic Beach” In This Beautiful Weather!

Hey! It’s March 16th and that means we are past the half way point of March, which means we are in the “out like a lamb” portion of this yin yang month, and in case you were wondering what my point is, the beautiful weather has (not) arrived!! That means time to plug in those ear buds, go for a walk, and let the soundtrack to your life play out! I’m here to make some recommendations to add to your soundtrack and possibly brighten up your day!

I recently downloaded the latest Gorillaz album “Plastic Beach” released March 3rd, which features a bunch of wonderful tracks, songs that are good enough to meet my standards for album of the month. The entire album as a whole is solid, but some songs really caught my attention and are definitely cool additions to your soundtrack. This album, is something new and fresh from the Gorillaz. “Plastic Beach” features a bunch of collaborating artists ranging from Snoop Dogg to Paul Simon, but at the same time holds that core Gorillaz sound and style that we all know and love. Each song complements the ones before and after it, and the album has an overall flow that is surprising for a group like the Gorillaz, who’s songs seem to be “out there” most of the time.

What attracts me most to the Gorillaz is that they have a very unique style and have created something I don’t think anyone else is doing. The concept of a virtual band stemming from the mind of co-creator Jamie Hewlett is something that really adds a whole new dimension to music. The Gorillaz, hailing from London, are only composed of two human members, Hewlett and Damon Albarn, but Hewlett, also a graphic/comic book artist created the four cartoon characters who are actually the Gorillaz. Russle, Noodle, 2D and Murdoc embody the voices of Hewlett and Albarn and dehumanize music, which I think is a genius concept.

Other artists such as Lady Gaga and Deadmau5 (Dead Mouse) have created similar concepts by embodying characters and wearing strange costumes, but only the Gorillaz have taken this to the next level by personifying cartoons.

Back to the music. Like I said, “Plastic Beach” features a bunch of really catchy songs, most notably, “Rhinestone Eyes,” “Stylo” (really cool 80′s sound), “Superfast Jellyfish” the title track “Plastic Beach”(ft. Paul Simon!) and “White Flag”. All of these songs consist of strange electronic sounds, traditional instruments and some not so traditional, all perfectly meshed to create beautiful music along with some flowing rapping, and 2D’s unique voice that is the Gorillaz signature sound.

As is with most things I write about, this album is definitely worth 56 minutes of your time, so buy it, download it, steal it, do whatever you have to do to get your hands on a copy. In this day and age it shouldn’t be that hard. Give it a listen, process it, and let me know what you think.

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  • Comment by Avril Lavigne Fan posted February 09, 2011 at 15:17

    Avril Lavigne is so awesome – I don’t know why her album is taking so long :D