Cokemachineglow Reviews “Plastic Beach”
Yet even while toying with new textures and drastically reevaluating old ones, and even on a record once envisioned as merely being presented by Gorillaz, Albarn sounds more fully himself than he has in a decade. In this marriage of spare (but huge) melodies woven into the tapestry of a heavily synthesized percussive record he has finally made a follow-up to his millennial masterpiece Think Tank, which the Gorillaz project has until now seemed like an elaborate attempt to escape. Let me just personally assert that that shit doesn’t make a lick of sense, how the Gorillaz have finally congealed into something not only worthwhile but somehow revelatory, pulling together those three disparate chords that Kanye has spent the past five years trying to grasp simultaneously—indie rock, hip-hop and electronica—and wielding all with authority, treating a Mos Def verse as a melodic bridge on “Stylo” and imbuing Albarn’s feathery melodies with the plush bounce of an emcee. But it has; the Gorillaz project, ten years later, is a success.