Space Monkeys vs. Gorillaz: Laika Come Home
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|Audio CD, Limited Edition, July 16, 2002||
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Sure, Gorillaz sounded original, but it was a pop project with all the constraints that went with it--can you imagine the six-minute remixed version of "Clint Eastwood" making it onto MTV? But that's exactly what makes Laika Come Home so good. It's a reimagined collection filled with bone-shaking dubscapes and enough reverb to transmit a message to the farthest edges of the universe. Listen to the "De-Punked" version of "Punk" with its meandering, decayed trumpet and computerized tweaks--hardly recognizable as the original--or the swinging old-school ska that crops ups on "5/4." The two-tone skank of "M1/A1" (with Terry Hall) sounds as if it should have been the original version, but the real killer tracks are those injected with dancehall vibes by DJ U Brown and Earl 16. Who says "you don't get paid for doing what you love?" Not Damon Albarn. --Caroline Butler
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Ok I love the Gorillaz and Blur so a little biased.
If you like a bit of dub or 'white mans reggae', as it's sometimes called then this is right up there !
Reminds me a little of the dub The Clash used to do but far more refined.
Even if you arn't really into dub/reggae but like Blur/Gorillaz/Albarn then this really is top quality stuff; as good as any main stream album they've done !
All the songs come from the Gorrilaz debut album, and classics like "Clint Eastwood" and "A1/M1" have been totally transformed into something like a reggae dub fusion.
I don't smoke, but if I did, this is the album I'd want to light up to!!!
By the way Laika of the title was a dog the Russians sent into space on a one way ticket they say it lived for a few hours to a day
through a cosmic dub journey