Music: Gorillaz


This all-star brainchild of Damon Albarn from Blur; Dan (the Automator) Nakamura; Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz from Tom Tom Club; and Tank Girl animator Jamie Hewlett is technically a concept album: the CD plays a cartoon on your computer. Well, forget the 'toon and listen to the tunes, for this is the most imaginative pop record of the year. Nakamura's beats are wonderfully atmospheric and danceable; Del Tha Funky Homosapien's playful rhymes are the perfect foil to Albarn's ennui-filled vocals, and Weymouth's giant bass whomps away throughout.

--By Josh Tyrangiel


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