Demon Days
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Demon Days

May 24, 2005

  Song Title
Last Living Souls
Kids With Guns
O Green World
Dirty Harry
Feel Good Inc
El Manana
Every Planet We Reach Is Dead
November Has Come
All Alone
White Light
Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head
Don't Get Lost In Heaven
Demon Days

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 23, 2005
  • Release Date: May 23, 2005
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 51:33
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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300 of 319 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It may be different. But it's just as brilliant May 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Like you, I loved the first Gorillaz record. But also like you, I was a little worried about Gorillaz falling prey to the dreaded sophomore slump that many bands subsequently release after belting out such a stunning debut. Unfortunately, a lot of people are calling "Demon Days" just that, which couldn't be further from the truth. I can't say that I'm surprised, due to the change in the band's line up. Most notably, Dan The Automator has left the group (as well as Del), leaving Damon Albarn as the leader and creative visionary of the group (along with producer, Danger Mouse). That alone is enough to lose a few fans. But the fact is, Damon Albarn hasn't crafted anything this beautiful since Blur's 1994 "Parklife", which is truly an amazing feat. Especially considering Blur's last album "Think Tank" wasn't quite up to par. But this is very different than a Blur record. There is a real sense of liberation on Albarn's side. Gorillaz has really given him a chance to spread his wings, and let him experiment and try things he wasn't able to do with Blur. Albarn's flame has been re-ignited with this record, proving once again that his musical vision is one of a genius.

The record has a very cinematic feel to it. It possesses a lot of build-up and tear-down elements to it. The first few tracks feels like a warm up to the beautiful and chilling, "Dirty Harry", then bursting in with the climax of "Feel Good Inc." the first radio single off the record. Those two really hit hard, and the album doesn't let up until the album's lead out. "El Mañana" and "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead" are equally funky and remarkable tunes.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Damon Albarn went to great pains to explain that the first Gorillaz album was a collaboration between him, cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, and producer Dan the Automator, but any sort of pretense to having the virtual pop group seem like a genuine collaborative band was thrown out the window for the group's long-awaited 2005 sequel, Demon Days. Hewlett still provides new animation for Gorillaz -- although the proposed feature-length film has long disappeared -- but Dan the Automator is gone, leaving Albarn as the unquestioned leader of the group. This isn't quite similar to Blur, a genuine band that faltered after Graham Coxon decided he had enough, leaving Damon behind to construct the muddled Think Tank largely on his own. No, Gorillaz were always designed as a collective, featuring many contributors and producers, all shepherded by Albarn, the songwriter, mastermind, and ringleader.

Hiding behind Hewlett's excellent cartoons gave Albarn the freedom to indulge himself, but it also gave him focus since it tied him to a specific concept. Throughout his career, Albarn always was at his best when writing in character -- to the extent that anytime he wrote confessionals in Blur, they sounded stagy -- and Gorillaz not only gave him an ideal platform, it liberated him, giving him the opportunity to try things he couldn't within the increasingly dour confines of Blur. It wasn't just that the cartoon concept made for light music -- on the first Gorillaz album, Damon sounded as if he were having fun for the first time since Parklife.
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89 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and charming May 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album has grown and grown on me. I wanted to write about the first six proper songs forming the heart of the album and the rest being disposable, but it's really not true. Every track has something interesting to offer. Funky beats, weird minor keys, little accents here and there. You have to appreciate the perspective of the creators of this album, the supremely playful and simultaneously world weary affect of pop veterans, who have seen it all and yet still want to mess with the form and function of their music. This is the work of an artist at the height of his powers who respects his audience. I can appreciate how people might listen to this and go WTF? But give it a chance. For every excess there's a hidden gem.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Demon On One Shoulder, An Angel On The Other February 5, 2007
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Living in South Korea, I was way behind the buzz when the Gorillaz released this second album. I simply saw the title on my recommendations list. I loved their self-titled debut so much that I immediately ordered "Demon Days." I never heard or read one word about the album. I got the CD in the mail, listened to it, and loved it. So, point number one: if you liked the first one, you'll like this one.

What should the rest of you expect? The cartoon side-project that is represented by this group (which is really less of a "group" and more the brain-child of Damon Alburn of Blur) is a heavily experimental affair. Where the first record moved all over the map, toying with new mixes of old sounds, this record has a definite (almost narrative) flow. It starts with "Last Living Souls" in bass-heavy darkness, the music rich and wide with a cavernous feel, a hint of up-swing to the playfully gloomy sound.

"Kids With Guns," "O Green World," and "Dirty Harry," in spite of their playground pop sounds, are all similarly creepy. They play with lilting electronica and prodding rhythms, underlaying these things with an addictive, scabrous disonance.

Then comes the appropriately mislabled "Feel Good Inc.," the first single of the record, and with good reason. Featuring unsettling back-laughter, penitent lyrics, and De La Soul's invigorating voice, this song courts the album's dark mood with a lighthearded step.

That lightheartedness slinks away and hides in the next four tracks (with names like "All Alone" and "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead," that's to be expected). A tapestry of needfulness, lamentation, frustration, and yen-like confusion is woven in songs that are alternately soft and wirey, tender and knuckled.
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I listen to this CD all the time in the car and it is awesome that I got a digital copy of all the songs from this album.
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Published 3 months ago by Alan Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good
A friend let me borrow the CD and I liked it so much I bought my own copy of it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't even... its so awesome
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Published 4 months ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good With Few Flaws
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Published 5 months ago by WeReveiwAlbums
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album even today!
The album was new and packaged as promised, but it did have some scratches on the cd case even though it was sealed. *shrugs* well the cd is from 2005, so.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Average joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic
Will always find myself listening to this cd and singing along every chance that I get!
Will be a Gorillaz fan always.
Published 6 months ago by Ashley Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album.
I like this album a lot. I bought this as a gift for my ex, and she loved it as well.
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