Review: Humanz by Gorillaz

Humanz by GorillazDamon Albarn called the new Gorillaz album, Humanz, as something borne out of “an emotional response to politics”. You can take whatever you can take from that. If you’re the sort of person whose idea of “emotional” is rallying, off-the-cuff and a bit uncontrolled, then this album might be a let down. The idea of it soundtracking the party before the end of the world lends it a nonchalant approach that just plods along, devoid of a central moment that defines the record. Or, it could be fading away as you rant over the state of whatever it is you’re in today. Or maybe that emotional approach is one of withdrawal, of reclusion, of giving up, in which case the nonchalance of Humanz is the whole point. It’s a bit difficult to figure out where the record stands (especially with reports of every Donald Trump reference being scrubbed off before release) and in this case, it renders the album a bit directionless. With Albarn’s voice fading into the background more, it feels a bit lost, too. That said, the scale of collaborators – De La Soul, Grace Jones, Mavis Staples, even Noel Gallagher, of all people – is something worth noting; perhaps this is more a collaborator record than one reliant on Jamie Hewlett’s visuals. (Sadly?) What a party, indeed. | 3/5

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