Album Review: Gorillaz’s The Fall

Notorious for their distinctive blend of electro-pop, and hip hop, the alternative British group has formulated a fourth creation; The Fall. Fourth album to their first, Gorillaz and the second, highly acclaimed Demon Days, equally charms listeners with innovative technique.

Their new album The Fall delivers an unexpected side of the chart topping group, and this 15 track sonic journal is sure to leave some taken aback at the different vibe. This isn’t in any way the new Gorillaz, this is a side of them they’ve creatively exposed for you to take in.

For those few fans that still purchase music on iTunes, have the option of picking and choosing which tracks to buy rather than buying the whole album. This practice has lead bands and artists to be confined to a shorter track list when releasing an album, increasing the likeliness of a whole album purchase rather than single tracks. Boldly releasing a 15 track album, Gorillaz have gone against the grain of the evolved standard number of songs.

The Fall was exclusively released to Gorillaz fan club, Sub-Division, on Christmas Day last year, and if you were not part of the exclusive offer, the album has now reached its nationwide release day. Don’t expect The Fall to be similar in taste to their past albums, but you’ll still get bits and pieces of the staple Gorillaz sound and style threaded in songs like Detroit (written in yes, you guessed it: Detroit), and soothing dreamlike vocals on Amarillo. With The Fall, you’ll be invited to a more settled down and mellow affair far more unique than anyone expected. Recorded entirely on front man Damon Albarn’s iPad, during the American leg of the Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, The Fall isn’t flooded with big name guest appearances as in previous albums, and maybe that’s what makes it so alluring; this is Gorillaz standing on their own from a different and unconventional angle.

Keeping up with the times, Gorrilaz appealed to those who help themselves to the “free” wonders of the internet and made The Fall album free to listen to on their official website. With a free of charge taste, listeners can get cozy with all 15 parts of The Fall, which is enticing enough to get the whole album for personal bliss. Creatively stripped down and more experimental and reflective in nature, The Fall provides a soundtrack to the Gorrilaz life on the road while seamlessly moving from track to track, producing a cohesive album altogether. The album’s matchless technique to captivate listeners with a combination of dub, hip hop, and alternative rock, makes it undoubtedly a Gorillaz creation.