Gorillaz / Plastic Beach
Album: Plastic Beach   Collection:General
Artist:Gorillaz   Added:Mar 2010
Label:Virgin Records America (Ny)  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-03-28 Pull Date: 2010-05-30
Week Ending: May 30 May 23 May 16 May 9 May 2 Apr 25 Apr 18 Apr 11
Airplays: 2 2 2 2 6 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 23, 2024: sample sampler
Stylo
4. Feb 11, 2022: Everything in Particular
Empire Ants
2. Feb 03, 2023: KZSU Time Traveler
On Melancholy Hill
5. Jan 21, 2022: Everything in Particular
To Binge
3. Nov 18, 2022: The Great British Breakfast
On Melancholy Hill
6. Nov 17, 2021: KZSU Time Traveler (rebroadcast from Nov 12, 2021)
On Melancholy Hill

Album Review
Frank Rodriguez
Reviewed 2010-03-28
Imaginary animated dub/hip-hip/electronic/Brit-pop band from mind of Blur frontman Damon Albarn. The sounds are pretty sharp on here, I mean more high-pitched, building and layered than other Gorillaz--not as laid-back. Warning: playing an animated band on the radio may be like playing Tv On The Radio on the radio. [Text in brackets taken from anonymous comments on songlyrics.com.]

1. Orchestral intro
2. Theme for the world of Plastic Beach. Snoop's more of a voiceover on here than a rapper. great as a theme, wouldn't hold it up by itself.
**3. idyllic flutes and strings. then an electronic beat and some utopian grime lyrics before the strings come back nice esp. if you like grime cause I don't even [I love the fact that gorillaz used other country's instruments in their song.]
****4. funky electro-pop; Albarn solo; most reminds me of the earlier stuff. [I think he is talking to commercialization when he says "im a scary gargoyle on a tower, that you made with plastic power". They promise happiness by simply buying products but it seems unattainable still, hence "your rhinestone eyes are like factories far away".]
5. the single: a little Mos Def, some very deep raspy guest vox, Albarn: "electric is the law", a motif like you just entered the enemy base in an RPG
**6. sound bites from commercial; tight De La Soul raps about Neptune, god of the water
7. mellow song that gets busy at the end but only instrumentally. fem vox at the end
***8. nice! drum machine and high-pitched sound made by Allah-knows-what being stretched and kicked in the guts for four minutes
9. features Lou Reed, who, as far as I gather from <noise>, is a big deal. sounds his age, and laid back in a cool way. The song itself is a bit dizzy
**10. disco beat with flutes. [I'm in a relationship held together by wistfulness, so it really fits. It just captures the emotion so perfectly.]
11. breakup song... drum machine, casios. references 6.
12. FCC: fuckin' and motherfuckin'. weird staccato raps from Mos Def, Brass Ensemble enter incongruously in middle. [about how special it feels to win, even without mention of a prize. the prize in the end is garbage, winning is what we all want.]
***13. cool 40-sec intro with a buzz and light guitar picking. beat mainly a sparkly set of tones from a synth. chorus: "It's a casio on a plastic beach/it's sorta made o'computer speech/it's a casio" And to end it, a casio solo! [its kinda like nintendo 8bit sound with acid lol]
**14. do wop homage: albarn exchanges lyrics with female Little Dragon. Sweet.
15. strings and rising electones. guest vox with easy rhymes
**16. cool, brassy synths and basser ones too. nice way to go out.

Track Listing
1. Orchestral Intro   9. Some Kind Of Nature
2. Welcome To The World Of Plastic Beach   10. On Melancholy Hill
3. White Flag   11. Broken
4. Rhinestone Eyes   12. Sweepstakes
5. Stylo   13. Plastic Beach
6. Superfast Jellyfish   14. To Binge
7. Empire Ants   15. Cloud Of Unknowing
8. Glitter Freeze   16. Pirate Jet