New Music Review: Gorillaz - Humanz

>> The much anticipated Gorillaz album, Humanz, came out this past week. The deluxe album has a total of 26 tracks, one intro track, six interludes, and includes many many featured Artists; (Get ready for a mouth full) Zebra Katz, Vince Staples, Peven Everett, Popcaan, De La Soul, Kelela, Danny Brown, Grace Jones, D.R.A.M., Anthony Hamilton, Pusha T, Mavis Staples, Jamie Principle, Kali Uchis, Benjamin Clementine, Jehnny Beth, RAY BLK, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Kilo Kish, Imani Vonsha, Carly Simon, Brandon Markell Holmes are all featured on this album. In fact there is only one song on the album that doesn't have any features, it’s called ‘Busted and Blue’.

Overall the album has an interesting play between both gospel and electronic. Two highly contrasting genres but the vibes that are produced as a result are incredible. My favorite songs on the album are ‘Andromeda’ (featuring D.R.A.M.), ‘Ticker Tape’ (featuring Carly Simon and Kali Uchis), ‘Let Me Out’ (featuring Pusha T and Mavis Staples), and ‘The Apprentice’ (featuring Zebra Katz, RAY BLK, and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man).

‘Andromeda’ is very upbeat and includes beautiful vocals and a catchy yet thoughtful chorus, “take it your heart now lover”.’Ticker Tape’ has a nice beat that flows along nicely with the lyrics,“waiting for the world to start again” and ‘Let Me Out’ has a lot of depth within the lyrics and an entrancing chorus.The featured artist in this particular song is so interconnected with the Gorillaz, that they go together like milk and cookies. ‘The Apprentice’

features Rag ‘n’ Bone Man who has an astoundingly beautiful voice to start off, the chorus is catchy and not overwhelmingly repetitive. RAY BLK’s voice is a perfect addition and compliments Rag ‘n’ Bone Man without overshadowing him. Zebra Katz’s rap style adds another level of depth and creativity to this musical masterpiece as well. These songs remind me of the album that made me love the Gorillaz in the first place, Plastic Beach. All of the songs in this album flow so well together, it’s got the entire Floated crew thinking about how crazy the live versions will be!

Although this new album is near perfect, there are a couple of songs that I don't particularly like. ‘Submission’, ‘We Got The Power’, and ‘Circle of Friendz’ are my least favorite songs on the album. I absolutely love Kelela’s vocals in ‘Submission’ however Danny Brown’s voice is a rough contrast to Kelela and in my opinion doesn’t mesh well. ‘We Got The Power’ and ‘Circle of Friendz’ don't seem to fit well in the album, they feel out of place and disrupt the mix of R&B/electronic vibes that the album oozes. But don’t let that stop you from liking them!

Tracks like ‘Out of Body’, ‘Strobelite, and ‘Momentz’ will get your body movin’ along with the beat. The variety that this album has to offer is astounding, yet most of it is very cohesive. While listening you can definitely hear that the Gorillaz put a lot of time and effort into this album, their first album in seven years!

I highly recommend thoroughly listening to the Humanz album as there are many notable tracks, talented people featured, and a unique blend of intricate sounds. This album is perfect for blasting in your car with the windows down on a nice sunny day, good vibes all around! <<