Humanz by Gorillaz: Is it good?

2016 was a huge year for music, this year plans to pull out all the stops in order to outdo the last year of seemingly nonstop hits; with this comes a new album from one of the most important and influential groups of all time: Gorillaz. Towards the end of March the group(fronted by Damon Albarn) announced that a new album would indeed be coming out on April 28th, this, of course, led to the collective fans and public losing their minds. Seeing as if it has been about seven years since a release, the hype was understood and soon enough the singles came out to hold fans over for less than a month. The singles which featured Vince Staples, Popcaan, D.R.A.M., Jehnny Beth, Mavis Staples, and Pusha T were very bright and outgoing tracks with endearing vocals by Albarn which excite and balance out the hype that the features bring along with the production. The production is very synthetic and often makes one ponder how the group achieves such a futuristic and electric feel to match the interchanging artists that are featured on this album. With that said, that is one of the flaws of the album, there is only one solo song on the album which contains an impressive 26 songs. The song that doesn’t have a feature(“Busted and Blue”) is one of the best songs on the album which shows that the band doesn’t need all of these names to make a good song, seeing more songs on the list that relied on the emotional feel of Albarn’s voice of 2-D would have been a nice addition.   Continue reading