Demon Days (2005) To his credit, Blur's Damon Albarn — the auteur behind pop's finest cartoon band since the Archies — didn't want to rehash the sardonic sleepy-time… 2005-05-24 Gorillaz Rock
Music Review

Demon Days (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 24, 2005; Lead Performance: Gorillaz; Genre: Rock

To his credit, Blur's Damon Albarn — the auteur behind pop's finest cartoon band since the Archies — didn't want to rehash the sardonic sleepy-time dub of Gorillaz's 2001 self-titled left-field hit. With Grey Album producer Danger Mouse at the knobs, the follow-up — Demon Days — is spookier, blippier, and more on edge. It's also not as cohesive. Some of the guest turns (De La Soul on ''Feel Good Inc.,'' Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder on ''DARE'') work; others (Dennis Hopper's narration on ''Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head'') are one-listen experiences. Tailor-made for iPod pruning.

Originally posted May 23, 2005 Published in issue #821-822 May 27, 2005 Order article reprints