Reviewed by Nate Smith
The song “Solo” might as well be the new Knight Rider Theme Song. If you took Kit and mixed him with the submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, than this is what you would get. “Melancholy Hill” is a true tribute to the 80’s, drum machine, synth, and overall feeling that I need to unpack some of my coveted 80’s toys. It’s my favorite track on the album. The arrangement is amazing, and the instrumentation is pure genius. It gives the current radio crap a run for its money, and in a weird way, it reminds me of Men at Work.
“Glitter” is the perfect backdrop to play Lazer Tag too. I could picture myself and the rest of the Enoch Magazine crew shooting each us with this track confusing us in the background. On track 9, “Some Kind of Nature,” the vocals carry the song with a bass line that would best be felt and heard through subwoofers as you roll down the streets of Los Angeles.
Overall, I was surprised by this record. I had heard the Gorillaz records in the past and I wasn’t that impressed. The instrumentation is experimental, but not too out of the box. The beats leave me walking away with a groove in my head. After listening to this album I’d be interested in seeing them perform it live. I must mention too, that the album artwork is designed flawlessly. In other words, it’s good!