Reviews in 200 Words

The Fall, Gorillaz

In Album on August 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

If we’re predicting the future of music, the future of art, the future of expression, this might be the best place to start. People get bored easily–maybe especially artists. What’s fun today is routine tomorrow. And so, we create new games to play. This project started in Essex, UK; it’s a band, obviously, but it’s also a fictional universe featuring cartoon characters: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs. Some of this stuff is only really believable if you know the characters. Somehow that makes it even bigger. Like going to an IMAX after only having seen films on a dusty old TV. It’s all stepped up in The Fall. It’s a musical diary of sorts–done during their “spare time” on the road. These are anthems and techno ballads and cartoonish ditties all at once. “Phoner to Arizona” can’t not make you smile–feel like a little kid for liking it. “Amarillo” is like the opposite: deep and sort of quiet. Like a new way to hear music–a new language. This is the future–not something to outgrow, but something to grow into. Something to continue to try to understand.

-Micah Ling

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