I’ve had varying opinions on Demon Days by The Gorillaz over the past month or so. I discovered it around the end of November, and wasn’t very fond of it. It was all very unusual. The blaring sirens, manic laughter and unusual vocals sort of put me off this album at first. I liked some songs, such as Feel Good Inc, but the vast majority were instantly skipped. It was just too weird for me, and I wasn’t even sure if I should review it. It seemed to be something that I just didn’t like.
However, I was in Manchester for the Manchester vs Everton game (which was super disappointing). We visited the gigantic Trafford Centre shopping centre, where they had the most amazing HMV store I’ve ever seen. It was filled with CDs from every artist you could imagine, hundreds of DVDs, really cool Breaking Bad merchandise and even a PS Vita for £99. There were loads of great deals, including Blur: The Best Of which I picked up for £2. I did, however, find Demon Days for the sweet price of £6. I had to jump, and after listening to the CD-quality version of the album, I believe it was the right choice.
After listening to the album just once on CD, my opinion had changed drastically. It all seemed to slot in together, and I finally got the idea of the album. I really enjoyed some songs, such as Last Living Souls and El Mañana, which I would’ve swiftly skipped over previously. I seemed to appreciate the more slow-paced songs a lot more than beforehand.
I can’t talk about Demon Days without talking about some of the more well known songs from the album. Feel Good Inc. catchy tune and satisfying rapping create the best song on the disc, establishing itself as an alternative rock classic, and the song The Gorillaz will be remembered by. Dirty Harry and Dare both stand out as songs that are much more approachable than other songs in the album.
On the other side of things, you have the hidden gems that I overlooked at first. Last Living Souls is a bleak and initially empty song with interesting chiptune influences, that can have you muttering “Are we the last living souls?” under your breath in the middle of English class. El Manana is similarly bleak, but just as interesting to listen to.
Demon Days is unusual. Yeah, it definitely is. It’s not the most approachable album. Chances are you won’t like it at the first listen. And the ending is quite weak, with songs like Don’t Get Lost In Heaven and Demon Days not as strong as the rest of the album. But give it a few listens. You might just fall in love with it.
I’m on a roll with these album reviews! Talking about music is something I can do semi-decently, without much difficulty. It just flows, I guess.
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