Everyday Robots (Special Edition CD + DVD) Import
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The songs are a varied and interesting bunch. As you'd expect from Albarn they are melodically and harmonically excellent and have enjoyable and intelligent lyrics. If there is an overall theme it is the dehumanisation of modern life and how we interact with electronics more and each other less. The album's opening line, "We are everyday robots on our phones..." and lines like, "It's hard to be your lover when the TV's on..." strike home well, I think.
I've listened to this album a lot (I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy), and am continuing to do so with great pleasure. It will be part of the soundtrack to many people's summer, I suspect, but there's real meat here and I think it will last a lot longer. I'd recommend it very warmly.
I love their early Britpop work and their Indie Rock, their Zombie Hip-hop and their Chinese techno opera; but this album proves that you don't have to shout to get a point across. It shows the beauty that can be found in minimalism. It's wonderful and mature, so to speak. When artists grow older and begin to strip away the excess, one can understand the rawness of this album. Those who can't appreciate this album are the true everyday robots (Haha) At any rate, it is surprising that this is his first solo album. It is always intriguing to see what happens when artists stand alone.
Of course, everyone has their different tastes, but I know what I'll be enjoying while designing, drawing or sewing.
But that would be short-changing the great moments on the album. Songs like Everyday Robots, You & Me, the Sleeping Giant, and Lonely Press Play show Albarn's great skill with ballads/mellow songs. These songs are simply fantastic. If the other tracks on this album exhibited more variety, then these four tunes would stand out even more, and there would be more emotional payoff when playing the album through in one sitting. Unfortunately, the two attempts to be upbeat are very mixed. The cloying Mr. Tembo is like a very generic Brit-pop era Blur song, minus the band's inventive musical and melodic touches. The other upbeat song is better - Heavy Seas of Love. Coming at the end of the album, the uplifting tune is well earned and a relief. But I can't decide if the chorus is great or too "gospel-Blur meets the Lion King Soundtrack". The stand out songs on this album keep me interested in it, but overall Everyday Robots is dragged down by the monochrome atmospherics, sounding like an even more depressing follow up to the already bleak The Good, the Bad and the Queen. I recommend this for Albarn aficionados, not casual Gorillaz fans.
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Update 2016-01-06: As I suspected... more listening...dedicated listening (not while driving or surfing the web, etc.)... Read morePublished 3 months ago by forkboy1965
Absolutely perfect. Brand new. Great quality. Case and CD in perfect condition.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer