Gorillaz is the debut studio album by English virtual band Gorillaz, released on 26 March 2001 in the United Kingdom by Parlophone and in the United States by Virgin Records. The album reached number three in the UK and number fourteen in the US, and the top ten in several countries. Gorillaz has sold over seven million copies worldwide. The album's success earned the group an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Successful Virtual Band", and spawned the singles "Clint Eastwood", "19-2000", "Rock the House", and "Tomorrow Comes Today".Wikipedia
I was only familiar with Gorillaz hits until now. I found the LP got off to a so-so start with the first two songs, but really picked up after that. The sequence of songs that begins with New Genius (brother) is great and there’s absolutely no filler until the end of the album. I especially like Sound Check (Gravity). The cast of characters that Damon Albarn brings in keeps it fresh and you never know what to expect. Despite the high level of creativity and genre swings it all hangs together nicely (even Ibrahim Ferrer sounds like he belongs)! A great album.
Damon and Jamie, Jamie and Damon. Who could have thought that an agreement to live in an apartment after breakups in their relationships, ranting about the state of the music business and plasticity on TV, would lead into one of the more consequential and influential groups on music history. Never before had their been a virtual group (shrouded in mystery before the jig was up) making music as though the 22nd Century was on their front door and have it be the basis for complete and utterly eclecticism. It shouldn't have worked (in lesser hands, it wouldn't have) but, thankfully, it did and provided its creators a new springboard for their creativity after years of being acknowledged (rightfully) for who and what they were. Their albums would get more ambitious, more hit-laden, more guest-starring but this is where it starts and what a start it is.
I find it doesn't achieve the same effect on me that this album used to have in its day, but it's still a great and innovative album nevertheless. It literally took me years to be able to get the klezmer inspired Clint Eastwood tune out of my head, and it's not like there is a shortage of breakthroughs in this album otherwise: M1 A1 is an all time favourite I'd gladly point a finger at.
Tepid. Boring. Pedestrian. Damon Albarn coasting because of a post-grunge hangover?
Garbage. Didn’t like this. Was never a fan of Blur and Damon Albarn’s voice just grates on me. Nil point. (Said in a French accent France 🇫🇷)
yes let’s fucking GO 4.8
My dad gifted me this album after accidentally buying it for himself (he got them confused with the The Avalanches). Great album with far more big recognisable tunes than I remembered. Easy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is quite far from my taste, but somehow one of my favourite band and this album is a masterpiece. In my opinion the most exciting song is Double Bass, which is quite unexpected.
What a debut! Gorillas bring everything into this. A decade defining single, catchy choruses everywhere and solid production. Damon Albarn has always had talent but being able to mask himself behind Jamie Hewletts animation elevated him, obviously!
As someone who had been a fan of both Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett for nearly a decade when this came out, I knew I would be and instant fan. I honestly thought it would be an experimental noise fest like the Blur remix album. I was wron, this was an instant classic and a soundtrack that lifted me up during some pretty rubbish times.
Album of my childhood. The beat to 19-2000 will never cease to bring up nice memories of summer, and especially FIFA games. Singing (and rapping) parts of Clint Eastwood is an essential part of every get-together with my friends. Sound of Re-hash, when starting the vinyl puts me into a great humour straight away. This is one of those rare fully positive albums (melody, not necessarily the lyrics), that I really love. Definitely 5/5, only Demon Days would be rated higher in my humble opinion.
Well, I guess 13 is my lucky number since this is the 13th album I got here. Not the first time I'm listening to it. I love everything Damon Albarn - from Blur to Gorillaz. And this Gorillaz album is no exception. Re-Hash - introduces you to the fun Gorillaz-specific beat and has an almost optimistic note to it. It signals that the album is gonna sound catchy from the start. Absolutely love the work on vocals here, specifically during the "It's the money or stop" part; the way Damon ends it with "It's yeah" is simple, but it seals the deal for me. 5 / 4 - probs my favorite song in 5 / 4 time. The way Damon uses his voice here to enhance the simple lyrics is perfect. The “ She made me kill myself” part is just *a chef’s kiss* Tomorrow comes today - nice use of harmonica, a more moody, slower song. Definitely interesting, and shows the versatility of this album’s sound New Genius (Brother) & Sound Check (Gravity)- these 2 go a bit hand in hand for me and probs are my least favorite of the album, sure they still have their purpose, and even the “Dj-ing” sounds have their place here Clint Eastwood - classic. A well-balanced sound, between Damon’s melodic verse and Teren’s rap. And the beat is just perfect. Man Research (Clapper) - fun little song Punk - symbolically mixed at places with “digital” sounds Double bass - feels like an interlude for the second part of the album While I think the first half of this album is definitely stronger, I still have here some highlights: Starshine, 19-2000 All in all, not a perfect album, but still a great one. A 4 / 5 in my book.
The next two Gorillaz albums are better, but I guess this one's included for cultural significance. When I first heard it I remember being surprised by how many tracks seemed more like sonic experiments than fully formed songs, and I think that's true of the band as a whole at this point: an interesting experiment that would become more well-realised over time. The eclecticism was there from the start, though; I love 5/4, Tomorrow Comes Today & Slow Country for very different reasons. And I reckon Clint Eastwood remains their 'definitive' track - it still sounds fresh today. A fun, quirky listen: 3.5 stars.
If Screamdelica had been better, it would have sounded like this, which is still only okay.
Also really mfing good and interesting
I think we are lucky to have Damon
very good album, didnt love my first listen but it’s really grown on me. feels oddly similar to the avalanches
I initially was not excited for this album but it really grew on me.
Clint Eastwood is an absolute belter of a song. Gorillaz are an all time fav for me. They were so good live!!
one of my favorite albums of all times. so...
Have this album on vinyl already so I'll listen to it on that. Gorillaz are one of my favorite acts and I already know this album is 5/5!
A reminder both of how good Clint Eastwood is and how many other great song are on this album that got overlooked. Tomorrow comes today, sound check, so good
Classic, brings me back to 6th grade. A complete masterpiece with unassuming twists and turns and a funky, yet storybook like sound.
Just sick. People ubiquitously respond well to the gorillaz.
I mean, this album is a phenomenal debut. Although I grew up on Demon Dayz, I can see a version of myself considering this to be one of the most iconic albums ever.
I cannot come to this album without bias. Honestly, it’s among my least favorite of their works. But… god damn… I just fucking love the Gorillaz. It’s like a blended smoothie if everything I want in a group and I’ll drink it up every time.
This band made something new happen in a super-funky and rocking way. 6 stars.
m1a1 going thousand miles an hour
New genre, great Albarn.
Det här var en positiv överraskning. Hört några av singlarna förut men hela plattan var ju bra.
Classic album I grew up with. The sound of going to the mall with your friends to piss off the shop workers.
Genre bending album that kicks
uhh best album ever duh
One of my most listened to albums of all time. I wore this CD out in Middle School/High School, had a giant 2D poster on my wall (it was about the size of the entire wall), played the geep driving game, and worshiped the Gorillaz lore like it was gospel. I may be a bit bias on this one is what I'm saying.
A classic from Woolworths... 👌
As good as ever.
Amazing blend of indie sounds and hip hop beats. It sounded so fresh at the time.
5/5. This album is not only one of the best Gorillaz albums and debut albums in general, it is also a modern classic and I'm glad that it has a place in this list.
Whole album is a vibe. What an incredible debut that holds up 21 years later.
Had never listened to this album/band/group. Love it. Will be adding to my rotation.
Oh, hell yeah, dude, I love this album. The future sucks, and Damien Albarn knew it back in 2001.
i got sunshine in a bag
Noo gorillaz, llegue justo para el momento edgy - perfecto para ingles 2 - soundcheck bien epico
Very unique album blending rock, hip/hop, electronic, and country sounds.
i forgot how much i listened to this album when it came out. this is possibly the second best character played by all bran, after the africa express one, that character is still one of my favourites, it's like something straight off fonejacker. anyway, yeah this album is really good, the second one was a bit arse and you only ever hear the shaun ryder one on the radio which is a bit of a joke, but such is advertised radio.
Сначала хотела поставить 4 с целью оставить высший балл для других работ, но потом подумала, что мне некого обманывать, и альбом-то суперский
no doubt about it, a childhood classic
Their 1st was their best. Trippy, Blurry, sunny, funny, freaky like Happy Mondays, bit of all good things UK music had to offer those days. Clint Eastwood true classic
masterfully produced really enjoyed love Damon albarn will definitely be listening again
Oh man, childhood. It's been so, so long. Old heads will hate this, probably complaining that it's all electronic and the beeps and boops aren't that interesting to listen to. You're more than welcome to hold that opinion, much like how I hold that Neil Young isn't Good or Interesting. The entire album is endlessly creative, especially for the early 2000's. Damon and Jamie are ruthlessly interesting with novel hooks, beats, and sounds, creating whatever the hell they like and making it all sound good. Such a phenomenal album, such a great debut. Love.
This is all over the place but the highs are high
tap your toes and clap your haaaaands
I've heard their singles over the years but I've never had a chance to listen to the full album previously but I'm happy to discover that this is a really good album! I've been listening to Damon Albarn lately but I'm not as familiar with his early stuff with Gorillaz but this seems to be a great place to start. Love the nods to Ennio Morricone and Augustus Pablo's recorder on Clint Eastwood and Tomorrow comes today. Really good arrangements and clever writing throughout. Nice to see that this still sounds pretty fresh despite the fact that its over 20 yrs old.
I didn’t get a chance to listen but a friend I work with at the Food Bank said it was her favourite album. Also it’s the only band the App sent that my son Dylan went to see in concert without me. Prob not the best rating analysis but 4 it is.
The cool shoeshine
I had an annoying, unidentifiable song permanently lodged in my head from 2013 - 2019. It turns out it's "Rock the House." Good to have some closure. I like the album otherwise, a nice halfway house between trip and hip hop. "19-2000" is a forgotten gem.
Brilliant concept, well helmed...
Ahhh, simpler times. We had just survived Y2K, and everything felt fresh and new. I remember being thrilled when Blur and Bay Area hyphy collided in this stunning debut, although I couldn't for the life of me remember any of this music, save Clint Eastwood of course. A fun musical journey, whether or not it's familiar.
It's not my favourite Gorillaz album but I do like it. It has its weaker and stronger tracks but overall a great variety.
This is a good album. I remember the first time I listened to some of these songs a couple of decades ago with my friends and how special it was for me. After listening to it again I see that it still sounds fresh and unique. Good music to bring good vibes
Rock alternativo. Un megahit. Un 4.
the music that we choose
As someone who learned violin via the Suzuki Method, absolutely losing my mind at "Left Hand Suzuki Method"
Vibes and a couple iconic tunes.
Ah, un classique que j'ai appris à aimer avec les années. À sa sortie, je n'étais vraiment pas intéressé par le Hip Hop et Clint Eastwood me donnait l'impression d'un album entièrement dans cette veine. Par contre, j'avoue avoir été séduit par le fond de cette chanson et avoir finalement apprivoisé le flow par dessus. J'ai fini par avoir l'album plus tard et c'est finalement très diversifié et je trouve que la construction des pièces d'une façon plus proche justement du Hip Hop mais en y incorporant plein d'autres éléments rend le tout rafraîchissant. C'est aujourd'hui un album que j'aime beaucoup et qui vieillit très bien. Pièces préférées: Clint Eastwood, Rock the House, Tomorrow Comes Today, 19-2000, Latin Simone (Que Past Contigo)
a band and album that cannot really be pinned to one genre, very creative without being annoying 4/5 is a personal favorite as skater song
not my fav gorillaz album, but a goodie nonetheless!
More than stands the test of time.
Interesting sound. Worthy of more listens
Ok album, enjoyed it more than my last listen, still only enjoy the album enough as background music
Gott fyrstatugarpopp. Mistæk, en margt mjög skemmtilegt.
I forgot about this album. I think I appreciate it a lot more now that I have aged.
Gorillaz by Gorillaz to w mojej biblioteczce jeden z tych albumow osluchanych do bolu, a nadal sprawiajacych taka frajde jak za pierwszym razem, jest to pierwszy pick wirtualnej bandy na liscie i pewnie nie ostatni, bo jednak jest to pewien unikalny fenomen wsrod zachodniej muzyki rozrywkowej to wlasnie Gorillaz, ktore jest projektem pana Damona Albarna, ktory pojawil sie juz na liscie przy Blurowych pickach i Jamiego Hewletta, ktory odpowiada w tym wypadku glownie za strone wizualna zespolu, bo jednak wirtualny zespol trzeba wykreowac, bo to wlasnie postacie jakie ten projekt stworzyl sa jedna z mocnych stron wciagajacych sluchacza, gorillazy maja swoje wlasne uniwersum z poteznym lore, ktore czesto i gesto plata sie z wydarzeniami swiata rzeczywistego, zwlaszcza w ostatniej fazie przez jaka przechodzi grupa, bo gorillazy trzeba nazwac banda, pod pod kazda z postaci kryje sie artysta i jego wlasny instrument, wiec czterech czlonkow za ktorymi kryje sie x muzykow, bo jednak jest to album mocno kolabowy, gdzie pan Damon jest glownym wokalista i lirykiem, ale jednak produkcja zostala dzielona z nikim innym jak Danem Automatorem, ktory w zamierzchlych latach, bo rok wydania tej plyty to 2k01, nie byl jeszcze tak uznanym producentem jak jest teraz, ale juz wtedy mial w dyskografii kilka ciekawych projektow jak so hows your girl z handsome boy modeling school, czy deltron 3030, czyli duet z delem, ktorego przemycil takze na Gorillazowy projekt, bo pomimo calej swojej eksperymentalnosci jak dla mnie jest to material na ktorym artysta rokowy stara sie dostosowac do standardow hip hopowych co daje ciekawe efekty, polaczenie popowo catchowatych hookow z tekstami o kilka tonow ciezszymi jak przystalo na rokowanie, a to wszystko na bitach elektronicznie lofikowych, bo ten album jest tez dobrym przykladem produkcji domowej, tak dobrze znanej nawet z mainstreamowych krazkow rapowych, jak chcoby wutangowe produkcje od RZA, tak tutaj domowe brzmienie nadaje albumowi pewnego ciepla i bliskosci do ktorej chetnie sie wraca, a jest do czego, bo blisko godzinna plyta jest tak roznorodna jak tylko moze byc material, ktory mial byc wielkim eksperymentem, ktory pokazal po raz kolejny, ze pan Damon potrafi w muzyke i nawet jak chce zrobic cos niemainstreamowego i zaprzeczajacego wczesniejszej filozofii jaka sie kierowal i tak zrobi z tego cos kultowego, bo taka wlasnie jest dla mnie ta plyta, nie bedzie pewnie niczym dziwnym, jesli ulubionymi kawalkami z tego materialu beda te ficzurujace Dela, czyli Clint Eastwood i Rock the House, ale nie jestem tutaj sam, bo oba te kawalki, a zwlaszcza Clintowy sa najbardziej granymi utworami plyty wedlug spotifaja, tak jak teraz slucham to strasznie uderza ile nowych sampli jestem w stanie wychwycic po tych podrozach w otchlanie listy, co jeszcze bardziej bardziej napelnia mnie podziwem dla pracy pana Automatora, bo robi on tutaj uzytek z tak szerokiego spekrum muzyki, ze az glowa boli, od Bo Diddleya, ktory nie tak dawno pojawil sie na liscie, przez omnichordy OM-300, po The Specials, wiec tak jak jestem hejterem dyskografii blurowej, tak jestem fangejem gorillazowej, a na plejke dodam Tommorow Comes Today i 19-2000, ktore pasuja na lofikowa liste, bo kawalki Delowe juz wczesniej mialem na rapowej, chociaz caly krazek leci do biblioteczki spotifajowej, bo jednak jest to plyta jedyna w swoim rodzaju, bo przeciez perwszy zachodni zespol wirtualny, jesli nie liczyc band ktore spiewaly w bajeczkach, jak wiki wspomina o wiewiorkach alwina lub bardziej na wschodzie o macrossie i wystepujacych tam spiewaczo wojownikach, z ktorymi wypadaloby sie kiedys zapoznac
Man, this album is just as cool today as it was when it debuted over 20 (!!!) years ago. It's easy to forget that it was so long ago because megahit Clint Eastwood STILL gets played on every alt-rock station as if it were released yesterday. As a teenager at the time when this came out, they are the first "virtual band" that I can remember taking seriously. These guys knew themselves, they knew they wanted to do something different, and they knew how they wanted to do it from the beginning of their career; with their debut album, they were not only already setting a foundation for their own signature sound, but also an eclectic alternative/trip hop/lo-fi sound that many other band would embrace in the new millennium and attempt to make their own. Speaking of eclectic, this album is all over the place, but in a good way. They don't limit themselves to any specific sound or genre from track to track, and any given one track is likely to have a mishmash of genres and musical stylings. And yet, everything they do on this album sounds intentional, cohesive, and cleanly executed. All these years later, it was fun to reexamine this album, find a new appreciation for it, and find that it has really stood the test of time.
This album probably was very "revolutionary" in 2001 and still sounds like it. It's not the best thing from this list, and it's even not the best Gorillaz work, but this mix of electronic music (that I don't like) with some rock spicy is catching! It's one of the good examples of how to use technology in favor of the songs, instead of just playing repetitive sounds forever and calling it music. I hope the current versions of the book also include the most recent works from the band. We deserve more.
One of the great albums of the 00’s
Not just Clint Eastwood, it's pretty great all the way through.
Exciting! This is just such an assured debut that covers just about everything stylistically. I'm keeping it at a 4 as I don't think it's as consistently strong as their next two albums but it's a true classic
A lot of fun and some great bops
Enjoyed it more than I thought.
In both bands' prime, Oasis were clearly a thousand times better than Blur. Yes, Girls and Boys remains a great single, and one can find enough corkers in Blur's back catalogue to make a top-notch best-of compilation, but Oasis' laddish, proletarian grandeur made Blur vs. Oasis a fight between a poodle and a rottweiler. I still sigh with exasperation at the sight of Damon Albarn on that one-off show Britpop Now, singing Country House in tweed, plus fours and a deerstalker cap. But our Damon is a resourceful sort. After Blur and Oasis helped kill off Britpop with the catastrophic disappointments of albums The Great Escape and Be Here Now (and in retrospect, neither warranted the hostility brought down upon them, each just being somewhat weak follow-ups), Blur sought to change course with a darker, less jovial couple of albums (not too dark, mind you), while Oasis just carried on doing bog-standard Oasis songs to increasing irrelevance. Then, when Blur took a hiatus, Damon founded the group Gorillaz with the comic strip artist Jamie Hewlett. Gorillaz are a virtual band, partially intended as a riposte to the manufactured nature of boy bands. Also, a virtual band liberated our Damon, enabling him to explore genres unmarriageable to Blur's aesthetic, such as hip-hop, electronica and various cul-de-sacs of world music. Along with this, the strategy grew of Gorillaz being highly collaborative, this album alone featuring the rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, Ibrahim Ferrer of Buena Vista Social Club and members of Talking Heads. Yep, my compadres, we're talking a massive case of record-collection rock. And yep, this album has that deeply infuriating gripe affecting most record-collection rock: it's really good, but tries far too hard to be cool, resulting in a album that appears as geeky as a stamp collector. Geekiness is not a fault in itself, but this album's strand of geekiness is inimical to rock n roll, and surely the primary function of this album should be to rock n roll? On the best songs (particularly the singles), Gorillaz transcends this pretence, but the forays into dub and punk on Slow Country and, er, Punk induce nowt but awkward winces. Please understand that this is a very good album, and my criticisms are the honesty of fondness. But I would say the list made a mistake on opting for this instead of their second album Demon Days, to which I would have given the full five. Not least, Demon Days contains the single Dare, which managed the inconceivable by getting my beloved Shaun Ryder to number 1. Just for that, I forgave our Damon for everything that miffed me about Blur, and I would merrily kiss his left teste in gratitude.
Good and unique sounds make this album as interesting as it is creative. On first listen it seemed disorganized and as if the songs would drag on to add more listening time for the album. I found it easier to appreciate the chill and calming nature of this album when I realized the Gorillaz were aiming to create vibes with their music, not to artificially add substance. The flow of the album is mostly good, however, I feel like a few of the songs are out of place and do not fit the theme of the album. Overall the Gorillaz successfully combined genres of rock and rap with inclusions of samples, to spice up their well produced electronic beats.
Tomorrow Comes Today Clint Eastwood Sound Check Gravity Double Bass
Slappers: Clint Eastwood feels like it has just always been around, like I've known it my whole life. Guitar on 5/4 is so crunchy and i love the synth tones. Sound Check has an insane mixture of vocals, beats, lyrics, whatever. No reason it should work and it's amazing somehow. Rock the House is dope, and I kinda forgot about it. Crappers: Double Bass is just aight. Has all the insane variety of Sound Check but doesn't congeal for me. 19-2000 is so fucking good but I think has been co-opted by various commercials and video games in my brain. Vibe: This album is kind of all over the place, but it's better than I remember, and the good stuff is really, really good.
Interesting album. I imagined Gorillaz to be way less experimental. Lots of interesting songs on this album. A little dull in parts but a good listen .
4.3 - Simple but creative. Ahead of it's time.
Heard before: yes Really enjoyable revisiting this one. When it’s great, it’s perfect. When it’s bad, it’s at worst inoffensive - and even then, the grooves make it perfect for music to listen to while working, exercising or cooking. Favourite tracks: Rock the House, Clint Eastwood (Del tha Funky Homosapien!), Latin Simone, 19-2000 Least favourite tracks: no dislikes really, some tracks a little too repetitive
I loved it! Never listened to it properly as an album, but really enjoyed it
We love the Gorillaz, don't we folks? Well, I do. I've always found the concept cool, even before I listened to much of the music. Reading the Apple Music description for this one taught me that Damon Albarn was in Blur, a band we've also had on the list. I can confidently say I prefer his Gorillaz stuff. A virtual ape band way before those godawful NFTs became a thing. It's hard to argue with albums like this, lots of variety and cool beats/songs. "19-2000" made me laugh, seems like something you'd dub over that video of Lebron reacting to the worst beat you've ever heard. And I recognized "Clint Eastwood" as well, that had to be their first big breakthrough. I say "they" even though they aren't really even real. In short I dig it! Favorite tracks: Clint Eastwood, Re-Hash, Man Research, Sound Check, M1A1, 19-2000. Album art: Very cool. Committing to the Gorillaz art style immediately. Reminds me of the warthog from Halo, but the dudes in the car are cool as hell. And the graffiti font is great too. It's a good kind of simple. 4/5
Great album, hadn't listened to it fully before but I'd say I'm a Gorillaz fan. Clint Eastwood is obviously a classic, but I also really loved Double Bass. If I am remembering right, these guys are like our last group, you don't know what they really look like they are just animated but this was a fun synth, groovy lofi hip hop type album.
The sounds on this album remind me of the 2003 Blur album, which came after this. More rapping on this one though! I like Damon's and Blur's music a lot!
I think that Demon Days and Plastic Beach took what this album did and perfected it so a part of me thinks they should be included instead, but I also understand that maybe the s/t was included because it was first and therefore had the impact of being the album that introduced Gorillaz. It's still a killer album and Clint Eastwood is undoubtedly a classic track.
I great album mixing genres like pop and electronic with other genres like punk and Bossa nova, my favourite tracks are Double bass, Clint Eastwood and Latin Simone, a fabulous debut for a interesting band 👍
Used to love this. Reckon it’s dated now.
experimental,funky very enjoyable
Classic but I do enjoy other gorillas albums more.
Every genre all at once. Love me some Gorillaz. 4/5
Much better than I remember and I didn't remember much. Found myself warming to stuff I didn't recognise and still enjoying the couple of singles.
Thier best album imo.
Way better than I'd ever given it credit for.
1st Listen Grade: B Favourite Track: Clint Eastwood
fín plata, ekki endilega besta
Top ten blur album
Tracks heard before: Clint Eastwood, Rock the House, 19-2000 Enjoyed every track until 19-2000 when the following happened - Went to get lasagna and missed latin simone (que pasa contigo) and was confused to return to starshine. Not a bad pair of tracks despite the confusion and bad first impression. Hard to say if the tracks I hadn't heard before would be worth to return to, although none was disliked. 4/5, good start 1/1001
Tracks heard before: Clint Eastwood, Rock the House, 19-2000 Enjoyed every track until 19-2000 when the following happened - Went to get lasagna and missed Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo?) and was confused to return to Starshine. Traced back and found the pair of tracks fitting despite the confusion and bad first impression. Hard to say if the tracks I hadn't heard before would be worth to return to, although none was disliked.
All the songs have a baseline of chill but there is still a good variety of sound on the album. The Del tracks are fantastic. I can listen to this anytime. Favorite: Clint Eastwood
I feel it falls off a bit towards the end, didnt remember feeling that way. Id 3.5 it for that but there are rules
I’ve owned this album forever but I have to admit, I don’t love the entire thing. There’s about six songs I really, really like (“Tomorrow Comes Today” is legitimately one of my favourite songs) but the rest of it, I could take or leave.
I luv luv luv. Very solid, very good for a sunny morning commute - I danced to work w/my psl
A really really good album Could of given this 4.5 if available really enjoyed it loving the feeling and groove
This one is really a mixed bag with a variety of styles across the album which are all performed convincingly but still feel like they have common threads. My appreciation of the tracks also varies wildly. Punk and M1 A1 were absolutely atrocious punk songs, Sound Check on the other hand was a great, chill trip hop song. Clint Eastwood is a pretty cool classic and I also enjoyed the Soulchild remix of 19-2000 a lot. In general, this is not an album I'd revisit, but I like the concept and applaud the musical flexibility.
From reading about this album I learned that the composer of one of my favorite movie soundtracks (Ravenous) was a member of Gorillaz! Cool! This album is very close to a 5 for me.
Never listened to this debut. Some standout tracks in the first half for sure, not sure it needed to be over an hour long. Dragged around "Double Bass" and didn't recover fully.
Good album. Embodies my prepubescent to pubescent taste
Great album, but you once you heard what comes next with Gorillaz you feel it is just the start. Still great to hear and some great songs.
Haven't listened to this for ages. Good
A lot of chill songs by the end and great beats at the start. Some songs that took a while to pick up but ended up being pretty good.
damn good album
A nice blend of styles. I like the easy going nature, it's great music for the summer.
Love these tunes. Didn’t know much about these guys and now I want more more more.
Didn’t realize Damon Albarn of the Blur created this band. I really ended up enjoying the album, listened twice.
I was prepared to not like this album, but it grew on me
I'm excited to finally hear this popular cartoon band, and I'm not disappointed. It's fresh and unique, an elegant mix of hip-hop and rock. It's not hip-hop and rock in the same way as the exploding nu metal scene of their time with bands like Linkin Park, and definitely not the earlier hard rocking sound of RATM. Unlike those, Gorillaz are chill and carefree, without much angst. And of course it doesn't end there, they also explored more territories such as electronic and punk. As a whole, it's a compelling album with many surprises, albeit inconsistent. On my way to listen to "Demon Days".
Det gamle Gorillaz, eksperimenterede, catchy
There was an entire year during the early years of high school where I didn't listen to anything but this and Demon Days. And while Demon Days still receives heavy rotation I don't listen to Gorillaz half as often as I used to. 2001 is quite late for Albarn to dive head first into trip hop. But the once leader of the past decades most prominent british music genre nevertheless resurfaces as strong as ever and ready to spearhead music for many years to come. There's the obvious classics: "Tomorrow Comes Today", "Clint Eastwood", "Rock the House" and "19-2000" (the far superior Soulchild remix is unfortunately only available on the deluxe edition). And while later Gorillaz records further developed the sound of this record, songs like "New Genius (Brother)", "Sound Check (Gravity)" and "Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo)" passes any Gorillaz vibe check. The inclusion of the "Clint Eastwood" remix as the last track almost made this a 3 / 5. But the absolute insanity of being so proud of your own ability to write a riff in 5/4 that you name the song just that.. Well if that alone doesn't deserve a 4 nothing does.
This record is the sound of the new Millennium. It's the sound of countless hours spent on Gorillaz' homepage in the early era of the internet. It's the sound of being so proud of writing a guitar riff in 5/4 time that you name the fucking song '5/4'. The first half of the album is so damn strong. On 'Tomorrow Comes Today' Albarn announces his follow-up plan to fronting one of the most succesful Groups of the 90's - just do it all over again in the new Millennium. This time standing on the shoulder of hiphop and triphop groups of the previous decade. Closing remarks: '19-2000' is far superior in the Soulchild remix version, and a special shoutout to Damon's hopeless flute playing on 'Rock Da House'.
A 'virtual' band in 2001 - the whole Gorillaz package was innovative, just see the music videos! As a standalone album, i don't think it's their very best music (Plastic Beach is my fav) - but this is where it all started, and still has some absolute TUNES on it.
Really enjoyed going back to this. Clearly made for the joy of making music, agreeably lo-fi. Better to come from Gorillaz mind. And they are brilliant live right now.
I've listened to Demon Days before, and I though that album was fairly interesting, but I think I like this album more. There's a lot of various in the music, but it always seems to work really well with Damon's voice. This album also deserves a lot of credit for being the first album by a virtual band (at least that I know of, I'm sure someone attempted it before and no one cared). It's a cool idea but it would be meaningless if the music didn't grab you. Lots of credit to Gorillaz for making really fun music that also has a lot of substance to it 4/5
It’s no demon days, but this album is a classic.
always groovy, and a much more punky sound than some of their later work. 4/5
Somehow, I had never listened to the whole album before. It was a long album but surprisingly solid throughout
Loved how this album began but it seemed to trail off a bit near the end. Of course, then hits hard with Clint Eastwood!
Haven't listened to this album in forever... guess what, still awesome!
I like the Gorillaz sound, its sort of a soothing low energy bleakness. Like walking in the rain. See Tomorrow Comes Today. Clint Eastwood and Rock The House are two great singles. A good album all round.
I want to give this 5 stars because Clint Eastwood is so good, but in all honesty, 50% of this album feels like filler. Still, the highs are super high on this and Del tha Funky Homosapien deserves major props for his work here.
Oh dang, this is such good stuff! I loved this album, especially Clint Eastwood, of course, when it came out and it was my happy soundtrack for a while. Just. So. Good. So happy to be reminded of this one. 4/5
This is good, but I'm not sure it completely stands the test of time.
Incredible and fun concept. Great tunes, but the second half slows down a bit.
It was definitely creative but I didn’t like all of it. Also can’t get past that they were the original virtual idols. 7/10
7/10. I suppose I liked this. It was a bit long, though.
8/10 dragged on a bit but overall i found it enjoyable. just good beats.
I remember when this came out, people went crazy over it, Clint Eastwood was playing all the time. Looking at it now, that is probably one of the weakest tracks. There’s so mischievous interesting stuff on here, like Double Bass and M1 A1. The music feels experimental but at the same time nostalgic. I can’t give this a 5, because with the later stuff, especially Demon Days, it’s obvious that Damon Albarn was capable of taking this music so much further.
Some good songs on here. Not gonna give this one a 3. Gets a little funky at times though, but still good
Funny that, after so many years, this first Gorillaz outing sounds like Blur b-sides.
I really like this Gorillaz, might be my favorite. The grooves and vibes are beautifully crafted and it's an overall very pleasant album to listen to.
Better than I remember
Only heard singles from this group before. Wish I would have listened to the album sooner! Great tracks that keep you interested and nice beats. Solid album.
This is the debut album by English alternative rock & virtual band Gorillaz. The virtual band idea was spawned from a friendship between musician Damon Albarn and comic book creator Jamie Hewlett in 1997. The music from Gorillaz is primarily alt rock and hip hop or trip hop, but it has inspiration from many different genres including lo-fi, dub, art pop, punk rock, rap rock, Britpop, and Latin. This album performed well critically & commercially, reaching top 3 on UK charts & top 15 on US charts. Due to the success of the album the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Gorillaz with the title of the "Most Successful Virtual Band". I like a good amount of Gorillaz' music, but I had never heard their first album in its entirety until now. It was good vibes all around and I'm sure their other albums are just as amazing.
I’ve only really listened to singles from Gorillaz and Plastic Beach which is another boss album. I proper enjoyed this one. Even Clint Eastwood which is a song I’ve not heard for years was just so much better when listening intentionally and not just in the radio. Damon Albarn is fucking boss
Sehr geil. Klingt an manchen Stellen sogar nach eine Gaming OST.
It's really good, but also clearly a 40 year old white man's hip hop/reggae based midlife crisis. Gets an extra point just because of the Ed Case remix tapped on the end.
It’s hard to say whether this album simply pales in comparison to the Gorillaz albums to come after it, or if it’s really just too slight and sketchy (I lean towards this; it feels more like Albarn and co. are exploring rather than establishing), but it’s wild that *this* is the Gorillaz album to hear before you die. St. Peter will turn your ass around and send you back if you think you’re just gonna shuffle off without hearing Demon Days or Plastic Beach.
The skeleton of the unmistakable sound of Gorillaz is there but not fully realised. Personally, I think Plastic Beach is the best example of their musical ingenuity and I think they really shine when they collaborate with other artists, a thing which is lacking in their debut album (compared to their other albums). Something which I’ve always appreciated Gorillaz for is their willingness to experiment with sounds and there is a nice variety here. Overall, not their best work but it’s definitely not bad either. Fave tracks: Clint Eastwood/19-2000 Leave fave track: Sound Check (Gravity)
interessante, já conhecia algumas das musicas do album
An interesting album with an unique sound. "Clint Eastwood" is phenomenal, but the rest of the album, although good doesn't live up to the standard set by that song.
Pretty good. A little long.
Enjoyable dance/rock album from one of Blur's founding members. 3.5 🌟
Not bad, but not great. The two obvious stand out tracks, but the rest are so-so
Great Indie nostalgia.
Kiinnostavaa, yks biisi meni listallekin. Alku oli tosi jees, loppua kohden lähti vähän laukalle. Mut hauskaa et tuli suositus, kun oon jonkin aikaa jo miettiny bändiin tutustumista tarkemmin. Tän perusteella kannattaa jatkaa.
Good, but no Demon Days. Didn't add (and already own Demon Days).
No where near as good as I remembered but a few gems.
Pretty good but I didn't get that much out of it to be honest
Some interesting arrangements but no songs that particular grabbed me.
So coooool… Nice one here
I only know like two songs by these guys. You know an album is going to be interesting when Wikipedia doesn't know what genre it is. "Alternative rock / art pop / hip-hop / lo-fi"? What the hell does that even mean? Okay, this is pretty good overall. "Clint Eastwood" is the one song I heard before and I think it's also the best one. There's some pretty unremarkable ones here as well, like "Man Research (Clapper)" and "New Genius (Brother)". Those songs aren't bad, just kind of boring. Pretty sure that's the lo-fi part.
I know two songs by the Gorillaz before listening to this album. Clint Eastwood from this album and Feel Good Inc. from the second album. After listening to this album Clint Eastwood is still the one that stands out. None of the other songs are as good as it. The songs are generally uninspiring. I dont have a need to listen to this whole album again. Probably should be a 2.7 but I will round up.
Wanted to like it, but was just background music.
I really remember enjoying this album when I was young. It's super not my vibe anymore, Clint eastwood is forever a solid banger though. No lies can be told there.
Liked even better than when it just came out.
Nice alternative album by the gorillaz. They have their own style and it’s pretty awesome. A few songs on this album drag it out and could’ve been cut off but most this album is good. Clint Eastwood is a solid song. 6.9/10
Instrumental grooves and chill Latin beats
Damon Albarn's first forays into something a little more experimental than Blur's usual stuff. An interesting mix of dance, electronica, hip-hop and indie (hard to detach Damon's... sorry 2-D's vocals from Blur)
listened to again has some great tracks but a lot of filler