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The Good, The Bad & The Queen

The Good, The Bad & The Queen

2007

The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Album Summary

The Good, the Bad & the Queen is the debut studio album by the English supergroup the Good, the Bad & the Queen, comprising Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen, and produced by Danger Mouse. The album was released in January 2007. The album debuted at number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified Gold in the UK within days of its release despite little media recognition and airplay. In the United States, the album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 49. It is stated that the record is, in a sense, a concept album, as its songs are all themed around modern life in London. It was described by Albarn as "a song cycle that's also a mystery play about London" in an interview with Mojo.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
3

So every time Damon Albarn has a jam session with someone, is it gonna show up on the list?

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Sun Nov 19 2023
3

Pretty good, but for the life of me, I will not remember this.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
5

10/10 I FCUKING LOVE DAMON ALBARN

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Mon Aug 21 2023
1

Rancid. Has to be one of the worst 'supergroup' experiments that ever came to light. Damon Albarn has the most grey, most boring, most featureless singing voice imaginable.

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Wed Feb 21 2024
2

English super group, huh? Feels less than that. Certainly something from 2007. It didn’t really stick with me kinda in one ear out the other. Cool cover though!

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Thu Aug 24 2023
4

I had never heard of this band so as soon as I heard Damon albarns voice I guessed that it was another one of his projects just like the gorillaz or blur or something but apparently it’s the 2000s art rock version of blues traveler, which is pretty cool. I had the same reaction to this as I normally do to Frank Sinatra/big band stuff in that I thought it was totally fun and pleasant all around even though nothing really stuck out to me. The first track and Herculean were my favs.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

That was a delightful surprise. Exceptional musicianship, great performances, and out-of-this-world production. The only reason this doesn't get a full-5 score is because several of the songs feel like they're... stuck. They build tension and feel like they're heading to a climactic bridge or something... but never quite get anywhere. They just fizzle and stop. They're great songs. But they don't go anywhere. I really did enjoy the hell out of this. I just wish the band hadn't been content to just let these songs circle the hole without ever sinking the putt.

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Sat Nov 11 2023
5

Didn't have to listen to this to give it a 5. Probably one of Damon Albarn's top 3 albums of any of his projects. I love this! The atmosphere; the British 80's come to life. The instrumentations (the bass playing by Simonon), the song writing, lyrics and melodies and the production are great!

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

Amazing album. I love Blur, the Clash and other associated acts. Only makes sense i would love this album. Going in regular ritation

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Sun Aug 27 2023
4

This was a lot of fun. I marked it for further listening later on. Did they call the queen ugly? Feels like they called the queen ugly. Best track: Kingdom of Doom

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Thu Aug 31 2023
4

Coming off from one of his most commercially and critically successful albums, Gorillaz’s Demon Days, it’s surprising that Damon Albarn would go in a more Baroque-esque direction on his next album but it ends up working remarkably well Favourite tracks: History Song, Northern Whale, Kingdom of Doom, Herculean, Nature Springs, Three Changes

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Fri Dec 29 2023
2

Damon Albarn is extremely overrated. 4/10

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Mon Jan 01 2024
1

If you like artists that wear their influences on their sleeves, but have zero interest in exploring their influences at all, Damon Albarn might be the guy for you.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
5

Really like this album, and it is holding up well. Each member of the band brings something special to the ensemble, and there's a pleasing amount of space in the mix where you can hear and appreciate each individual part as well as the whole. I first hear this when it came out, was already a fan of Damon Albarn & Danger Mouse, who produced it, and it led me to becoming a big fan especially of Tony Allen as well - his drumming really stands out and is a defining feature of their sound.

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Mon Aug 28 2023
5

Dunno how I originally stumbled across this but I've been a fan for like 15+ years now. Love hearing the Gorrilaz guy do something a bit different.

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Sat Sep 23 2023
5

Brilliant album. Another masterpiece by Damon

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Tue Nov 21 2023
5

Ya decía yo que la voz me sonaba ...

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Tue Nov 28 2023
5

The Good, The Good & The Good

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Tue Dec 19 2023
5

If there is one excellent side effect of the BritPop fetish this list has, it is more exposure to this excellent album. I've loved it for so many years. It is so hypnotic between the keys and the amazing rhythm section (RIP Tony Allen). Very happy to have listened to it once again this morning.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
5

2007 - Similar to Gorillaz - Art Rock; Alternative Rock

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Thu Feb 08 2024
5

Vraiment une belle surprise, dans sa subtilité et ses thèmes, des arrangements mélodieux sans être trop doux.

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Sun Feb 11 2024
5

Reminiscent of the trippy '60s psych rock and the inventive '70s art rock. This album is a melancholic, dreamy, modern rock masterpiece.

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Thu Feb 15 2024
5

Absolutely amazing album, one of my favorites. I remember listening to this album while traveling around the UK. Will forever be a 5/5 for me.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

I actually loved this album. The sound of this group kind of reminds me of other bands I listen to so it was very enjoyable.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
5

Ya decía yo que la voz me sonaba ...

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Wed Aug 30 2023
4

Hadn’t heard this one in ages. One of the better albums I’ve had recommended to me!

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Fri Sep 08 2023
4

I liked it. The songs had variety and managed to keep my interest throughout. There's not much more to say about it than that.

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Tue Sep 19 2023
4

Un dels pocs treballs editats per supergrups creats per l'ocasió que realment mereix la pena i la seva transcedència en el temps. Les personalitats dels seus components s'aglutinen en un sol caràcter de pop independent, amb una sonoritat lànguida però efervescent i amb temes tan bons com 'History Song', 'Kingdom of Doom' o 'Behind the Sun'

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Fri Sep 22 2023
4

Damon Albarn and I once groomed a young vole together. We washed it, clipped it's claws and styled its hair. We also chatted it up online, posing as other voles and fucked it when it was underage .

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Fri Sep 29 2023
4

First, I gotta say that this album makes the case for the online 1001 generator vs. the various print editions. This particular record is apparently on some versions of the list, but not on all, as it wasn't on the spreadsheet I made from the version I've been working through. It's a cool record! I find it interesting and odd that it was dropped, but conversely, I've heard a lot of weird conversations online that the print editions have a lot of churn on the more recent selections, but the early material from the 1950s through the 1970s or so is basically left alone due to technical constraints i.e. the publisher doesn't want to completely repaginate the print edition when early pages are changed, so the author just leaves them alone, and when new stuff comes out that has to be included, it's usually something from the 1990s or 2000s that gets the axe. A shame, but again, thank you for the 1001 generator for having an exhaustive list including every record that's been in any edition -- I think that's correct, anyway. Anyhow, I only got four tracks into this and was like "OK, cool stuff, band I've never heard of, definitely glad that it was on the 1001". Oddly folky and psychedelic. A really great mishmash. (Much better inclusion on the list than the seventh Byrd album, or however many there are.)

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Fri Oct 06 2023
4

Stile da sigla di 'Peaky Blinders'

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Fri Oct 06 2023
4

It was just a good album. Quite enjoyable. "The Good, The Bad & The Queen" (the song, not to be confused with the album or the band) is a great final song to close the album.

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Sun Oct 08 2023
4

They throw a lot of different styles at you early, the one constant being Damon Albarn's voice. I was wondering when I was going to hear something that would hint that Paul Simonon was playing bass or that TonyAllen (of all people) was on drums. Finally, "The Bunting Song" featured some reggae-inflected bass and the drumming started to loosen up on the next track, "Nature Springs". This is a creative effort, nicely produced with well-written songs and I may check-out their follow-up, which came out a decade later. I'm listening to the MC recommended "Go Back" which I agree is a great song! Maybe Spotify sent it to me because it was on hi-rotation at the Chung residence?

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Tue Oct 10 2023
4

It definitely has a singular vibe - I can see that this would get old to some people, but I really like it. I'm a big fan of Danger Mouse's production (I wonder how many albums he has produced on this list), and more than anything I think it's an interesting album from his body of work.

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Tue Oct 10 2023
4

This album missed me when it was released. I enjoyed it.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
4

I've enjoyed most of Damon Albarn's projects over the years. This one isn't the most exciting, but it's still a solid album throughout.

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Mon Oct 23 2023
4

I had completely forgotten about this Damon Albarn (plus random other luminaries - The Clash! Fela Kuti! The Verve!) side-project. Like a weird cross between Blur and Gorillaz - how about that then? Some great stuff, Damon always impresses me with his enthusiasm.

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Thu Oct 26 2023
4

Surprised to see this pop up. I can’t help but think there are other, more ‘essential’ 21st century albums that could’ve been included in its place. Don’t get me wrong, I own it on CD and think it’s really good. Like most Albarn projects it’s stuffed full of pretty melodies, and there are a handful of real gems here, like the aptly titled Herculean. The production is good too - it’s got a slightly rustic quality that brings to mind England’s past, but it’s not clear exactly when. For this project I’ll cap my score at 3.5 but for personal enjoyment it would be a solid 4.

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Thu Oct 26 2023
4

Not The Music I expected when I saw the album cover. I still like it. I don’t know if it deserves a 4. And I thought that I recognized the voice! It was Damon Albarn (front singer of Blur)

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Wed Nov 01 2023
4

Never heard of these guys either. Wow jk this is definitely Damon Albarn. This dude is insane he non-stop works. I wonder how he decides what's going to be solo, Blur, Gorillaz, or this. Love him though. Pretty excited now! Have this on in the background while working but I am digging it about halfway through. Crazy good production from Danger Mouse here. Damn the Good the Bad and the Queen song fucking rules. I can't wait to check more of these guys out.

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Wed Nov 01 2023
4

I wish I would have paid better attention to this while I was listening because from what I heard I really liked it. The singer from the Gorillaz has a great voice to go along with instrumentals like this. I really like Three Changes and the title track to end it with the anxiety building breakdown for the last few minutes was a cool way to end the album. I will have to listen to this again to really pay attention but it was a great album all around.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
4

you're not going to make me hate damon albarn

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Fri Nov 03 2023
4

damon albarn has a very distinct voice so obviously this was gonna sound a little gorillaz-y at points. i love gorillaz though so it’s great! very nice fall listen

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Thu Nov 09 2023
4

Really liked this, its like a secret gorillaz project. The outro track is HUGEEEE.

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Thu Nov 09 2023
4

These superbands always get me. I can't argue

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Fri Nov 17 2023
4

It’s like the Gorillaz if they went the indie rock/folk band rock.

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Sat Nov 18 2023
4

This was a trip! I enjoyed the sound, and the album is an interesting musical journey. Interesting and entertaining.

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Sat Nov 18 2023
4

The album immediately caught my attention. Every few tracks I would have a thought that the novelty had worn off and that the rest of the album would be a slog. But then the next track always seemed to bring just enough intrigue to keep me interested.

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Sat Nov 18 2023
4

This was fun listening. I enjoyed it.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
4

Never heard of them before. First listen. Genre: Art Rock 2007 Singles: -------------------------------------------- Herculean: #22 UK Kingdom of Doom: #20 UK Green Fields: #51 UK Standouts: Herculean, Kingdom of Doom, 80's Life Others: Green Fields, History Song, Behind the Sun, Nature Springs, The Good The Bad and the Queen. 3.5/5

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Thu Nov 30 2023
4

Some very good tracks, bit more rocknroll than gorillaz, songs about England

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

Probably very hypocritical of my latest Genesis review but I just have a soft spot for Damon (3.5/5)

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

Como se fora um Blur desenvolvendo uma atmosfera mais contemplativa.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
4

Damon is altijd wel goed, maar ik vind Gorillaz en Blur net iets beter

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Mon Dec 11 2023
4

Hadn't even heard of this, but really enjoyed it.

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Sat Dec 23 2023
4

Really good stuff. 4 solid stars.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
4

I haven't listened to them before this point but after no more than a few songs I was already feeling nostalgic. Their music has a very distinct old vibe unique to the early 2000s. After looking into who they are more I must say Damon Albarn is incrediby talented, whether its gorrilaz or blur his music always manages to evoke that same nostalgic feeling. I'm incredibly happy I was recommended this and I'll definitely be listening on the regular. For better or worse this sounds like home, granted with a bit of england mixed in.

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Thu Dec 28 2023
4

Ah, Damon Albarn. That eternally restless Damon Albarn. If one band wasn't enough, he needs two, which then turns to three. The Good, the Bad & the Queen. A triumphant return to the chronicling of his fabled country with the wisdom and maturity that was lacking in his younger days, Albarn also sought to continue the musical diversification that had marked the second phase of his career, calling upon the talents of monolithic figures such as Fela Kuti's drummer (and one-time Blur muse) Tony Allen and bassist of The Clash Paul Simonon. Along with fellow traveler Danger Mouse and guitarist of The Verve Simon Tong, The Good, the Bad & the Queen stands singular as amongst Damon's most intriguing projects; a curio to check out once one has checked all the corners or Blur and Gorillaz. Favorites: History Song, 80s Life, Kingdom of Doom, Herculean, The Bunting Song, Three Changes, The Good, the Bad and the Queen.

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Fri Dec 29 2023
4

7/10. I dunno, I suppose I liked it

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Wed Jan 03 2024
4

Reading the history of the band made me sad and happy at the same time. I really enjoyed listening!

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Mon Jan 08 2024
4

Why have I not heard of these guys before? I was completely shocked and surprised how much I like this! 2007, Art Rock Singles: ------------------------------------------ Herculean (#22, UK) Kingdom of Doom (#20, UK) Green Fields (#51, UK) Standouts: 80's Life, Kingdom of Doom, Herculean, Love every song! An easy 4/5. Can't wait to hear more of this one!

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Wed Jan 10 2024
4

1/9/24. Always a big fan of anything Damon Albarn touches. No idea is off limits in his music, and that concept shines on this album.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
4

I remember when this album came out, it was sometime after Blur and Damon Albarn's Gorillaz project and I was quite excited to hear it. There are the same catchy hooks and it's a decent album

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Wed Jan 17 2024
4

Oooh. A Queen album. Never heard of this one. Oh, it’s not Queen. It’s some band I’ve never heard of in my life. Yet they’re one of 1001 albums I should listen to. So I should probably already know of them, yes? Well, 2007 was a bad year for me, personally, so maybe it just slipped under my radar. Why does this sound so familiar? Oh. It’s Gorillaz. Well, I like Gorillaz. This is the most British album since Dark Side of the Moon. I dig most of it. Dunno why it’s not more popular. Songs added to Spotify: 4

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Fri Jan 26 2024
4

Vocalist from Blur / Gorillaz

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Mon Jan 29 2024
4

Interesting. Not sure why it did so well??

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Thu Feb 01 2024
4

A side project led by Damon Albarn of blur and Gorillaz, the Clash's bassist, Verve's guitarist, and Fela Kuti's drummer. Very Beatlesesque, it's ethereal and lush featuring slow, dreamy grooves, Baroque vocals, and orchestral synths. It's a supergroup that works well, everyone plays their recognizable style and comes together well. The bass has a distinguishable dark, anxious sound, the guitar is patient and entrancing, and the drums are rhythmic and punchy. Highly consistent with strong start and end. No hits, but a few get close. Second side is slightly weaker but just as experimental.

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Sun Feb 04 2024
4

On paper if Paul Simonon in it’s going to be cool. And it is - yet only after 17 years of trying to warm up to this record did I finally get it. And it’s quite a gorgeous one.

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Mon Feb 12 2024
4

I definitely need to give this another listen, but I’m a sucker for a good Danger Mouse album. I think it’s far from perfect, but a cool effort that hit me right.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
4

Pima album, maar hoeft niet in de lijst

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Wed Feb 14 2024
4

i think i liked the last 3 tracks the best: Three Changes 29:17 Green Fields 33:32 The Good, The Bad & The Queen 35:58

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Wed Feb 14 2024
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Behind the sun, Nature springs

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Wed Feb 14 2024
4

I really liked the album. It was the music. The lead singer was kind of annoying. I would definitely listen to this again.

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Sun Feb 25 2024
4

i <3 damon albarn!!!! my faves were history song, northern whale. the bunting song

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Sun Feb 25 2024
4

history song, northern whale

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Mon Feb 26 2024
4

il faut appeler damon albarn pour lui dire qu un mec le plagie je pense

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Mon Mar 04 2024
4

fucks my brain just in the right way

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Sat Mar 09 2024
4

Not exactly meaty compared to Blur, but generally meatier than Damon Albarn's more famous side-project Gorillaz. With sidekick Simon Tong, Albarn managed to gather a hell of a supergroup line-up, with The Clash's Paul Simonon on bass, and Fela Kuti's drummer and musical director Tony Allen (RIP). The end result is rather soft on the ear, poppish and stylish. No bad song on this record (even if most of those found on side B are a little understated). The best string of tracks logically turns up towards the end of side A, with "Northern Whale", "Kingdom Of Doom" and "Herculean". And album closer "The Good, The Bad, and The Queen" also slaps, thanks to its extended noisy build-up at the very end. 3.5/5 for the purposes of this list of essential albums (rounded up to 4). Which translayes to a 8.5 grade for more general purposes. Number of albums left to review: 262 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 323 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 184 (including this one) Albums from the list I won't include in mine (many other records are more important to me): 237

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Sun Mar 10 2024
4

Some of the tracks on here I really enjoyed. Good album

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Sun Mar 17 2024
4

Quite good right off the bat - sounds a bit like Damian Albern/The Gorillaz. Because it is, it’s a mix of him and people from Blur/The Clash! I’m a fan of this, adding to the library.

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Mon Mar 18 2024
4

2007 Art Rock album. Fantastic album - lots of great songs. Never knew these guys before. 4/5

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Mon Mar 18 2024
4

Didn’t know Damon had a side band like this, how cool! His voice is pretty unique so it stood out but I quite enjoyed the energy as the melody and instrumentals are different enough from the Gorilaz. 3.6

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