So, let's get the elephant out of the room shall we? Damon's definitely taking a political angle with this one. Not that it's strange territory for Gorillaz to tackle, see Fire Coming Out Of A Monkeys Head or Dirty Harry from Demon Days for example, or even the one off collaboration with D12 about 9/11 if you want to get obscure. I've seen some people be kind of disappointed about that and it's a tad confusing, granted the few examples I've just mentioned perhaps aren't as explicitly on the nose about their issues but still. I'm not going to press it anymore because it's all over the bloody news these days and the last place you want political discourse is a music blog of all places.
Right, now that's out of the way how is the tune? Well you'd be forgiven if you thought this was a leftover from Plastic Beach or The Fall, the style is quite similar but that isn't a bad thing at all, it's just I thought some of Damon's solo LP might have slipped in there. Saying that though, I am very much enjoying the return of the backing choir, something I've missed from the penultimate parts of Demon Days which made them shine. Speaking of choir contributions too, a high point of new Gorillaz things coming out is seeing who Damon's lined up for collaborations this time, ad Benjamin Clementine doesn't disappoint here, his delivery compliments the overall production very well indeed, and is a nice counterpoint to Damon's vocal too. I remain tentatively excited, I'm not blown away yet, but there's certainly more to come.
-Claude Van Foxbat