12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Damon Albarn’s discography is as wide-ranging as any figure in contemporary rock. Everyday Robots brings together elements from his singular musical journey. This solo album boasts the haunting, dub-oriented elements of The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Gorillaz’ dazed electronic ambience and the percussive textures of 2005’s collaborative Mali Music. The result is a stunning collection of deeply emotional experimental rock that only a musician of his range could have created. “We are everyday robots on our phones”, he laments on the opening title track, introducing the album’s theme of isolation in the digital age. But the album that follows is anything but robotic: when Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes) provides a spectral echo on “Selfish Giant”, a mournful horn solo punctuates “Hollow Ponds” or the gospel choir sings back-up on the radiant Afropop-influenced “Mr. Tembo”, the result is deeply affecting.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Damon Albarn’s discography is as wide-ranging as any figure in contemporary rock. Everyday Robots brings together elements from his singular musical journey. This solo album boasts the haunting, dub-oriented elements of The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Gorillaz’ dazed electronic ambience and the percussive textures of 2005’s collaborative Mali Music. The result is a stunning collection of deeply emotional experimental rock that only a musician of his range could have created. “We are everyday robots on our phones”, he laments on the opening title track, introducing the album’s theme of isolation in the digital age. But the album that follows is anything but robotic: when Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes) provides a spectral echo on “Selfish Giant”, a mournful horn solo punctuates “Hollow Ponds” or the gospel choir sings back-up on the radiant Afropop-influenced “Mr. Tembo”, the result is deeply affecting.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
72 Ratings
72 Ratings
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Phenomenal

Damon albarn has always been able to communicate deeply through his music and has been a part of so many musical projects and bands etc (all of which are contain worlds of wondrous songs in themselves) but he's really out done himself on this album. Brought me to tears during multiple songs on everyday robots, and the subjects on which damon covers are touching and so personal on not only on an individual level but on universal level too. Absolutely the best album this year if not in the past two years. Never stop making music you lovely lovely talented man

mcchiefkins

Surprising, in a good way.

I don't mean the exact genre of the album is surprising, it's a delightful combination of almost everything Damon has done in the past, just mellowed out. This is definitely not a bad thing, and what surprised me is how although there was no real standout track, the album is a great home for Damon personally. I was glad to hear him have the lead vocals for the album, every song feels like a different part of him. Some people are saying the album is too moody, but if you like Gorillaz or GoodBad&Queen I think you've experienced this mood before. I hope this isn't his only solo work to come.

Acid Jack

Beautiful, but too little range

This is one of those rare albums, like Beck's "Sea Change", that I find both incredibly beautiful and incredibly difficult to sit through. The problem is that it's ALL so moody and slow - there's not let up at all. Makes for a handful of excellent songs, another handful of okay ones, and an album I'll likely seldom listen to the whole way through. I would have been FAR more impressed if these slow songs were breathers between faster paced, less sad stuff.

About Damon Albarn

As the frontman for Blur and Gorillaz, Damon Albarn helped shape the British mainstream during the '90s and beyond, first establishing himself as a Brit-pop icon before expanding into hip-hop, opera, electronica, and world music. Born in London on March 23, 1968, he was raised in a bohemian household, studying a number of instruments (piano, guitar, and violin) during his youth and befriending Graham Coxon, a fellow student at the Stanway Comprehensive School, as a 12-year-old. Albarn later studied drama before joining the little-known synth pop outfit Two's a Crowd; at 15, he also won the regional heat in the Young Composer of the Year contest. While a student at Goldsmith University, he again crossed paths with guitarist Coxon, and together they formed a band called the Circus. With the additions of bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree, the group rechristened itself Seymour before finally settling on Blur upon signing to Food Records. Their debut single, "She's So High," cracked the U.K. Top 50, while the follow-up, "There's No Other Way," went as high as the Top Ten; however, the baggy beats and shoegaze-inspired textures of Blur's 1991 debut album, Leisure, earned the band unkind critical comparisons to the dying Madchester scene, and with the follow-up, 1993's Modern Life Is Rubbish, they consciously set out to evoke a more traditional pop sound.

With 1994's Parklife, Albarn's songs revealed an altogether new sophistication, his wry social commentaries and clever melodies evoking the great British pop tradition of bands like the Kinks and the Jam. The album made Blur the most popular and influential band in England at the time, and it captured a rabid cult following abroad as well. Although chief rivals Oasis quickly usurped Blur's dominance, 1995's The Great Escape debuted at number one nonetheless. Still, when the record slipped down the charts, the band was written off by the music press and spent much of 1996 in seclusion, although Albarn made the most of that time by releasing his solo debut, "Closet Romantic," which doubled as his contribution to the Trainspotting soundtrack. Blur's self-titled LP restored the band's luster one year later, as the single "Song 2" became an American hit. The same year, Albarn made his film debut in Antonia Bird's Face, and Blur's full-length 13 followed in 1999.

In 2000, Albarn debuted Gorillaz, his highly successful "virtual hip-hop group," which released four albums between 2001 and 2011. Other Albarn-driven projects arrived during the new millennium, too, from Mali Music -- an eclectic collaboration with Malian musicians like Afel Bocoum -- to the Good, the Bad & the Queen, a British supergroup featuring Paul Simonon, Simon Tong, and Tony Allen. Albarn also began exploring cinema and theater projects, co-creating the opera productions Monkey: Journey to the West and Doctor Dee, while also scoring a film adaptation of his sister's own book, The Boy in the Oak. Rocketjuice & the Moon, another supergroup featuring Allen and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, released their first album in April 2012; a month later, a recording of the Dr. Dee opera -- inspired by polymath and advisor to Elizabeth I John Dee -- arrived. Also in 2012, Albarn worked with XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell on The Bravest Man in the Universe, a comeback album from soul legend Bobby Womack. Albarn re-teamed with Russell for his first official solo album, Everyday Robots. Featuring cameos by Brian Eno and Natasha Khan from Bat for Lashes, Everyday Robots saw release in April 2014. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andrew Leahey

HOMETOWN
London, England
BORN
March 23, 1968

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