The Fall (2011) The fervor that made 2010's Plastic Beach worthwhile is largely absent on The Fall , a follow-up recorded on frontman Damon Albarn's iPad 1 during… 2011-04-19 Gorillaz Pop Capitol
Music Review

The Fall (2011)

Gorillaz, Damon Albarn | PLANET OF THE APE Damon Albarn of Gorillaz
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PLANET OF THE APE Damon Albarn of Gorillaz
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Apr 19, 2011; Lead Performance: Gorillaz; Genre: Pop; Production: Capitol

The fervor that made 2010's Plastic Beach worthwhile is largely absent on The Fall, a follow-up recorded on frontman Damon Albarn's iPad 1 during the band's recent tour. The vocals are hollow and the musicality limited and lethargic; Albarn would've benefited greatly from the next-gen iPad's GarageBand app. There are a few moments of brilliance, like Bobby Womack's spirited crooning on ''Bobby in Phoenix.'' Hopefully that energy will spill into their next effort — in a studio. B–

Download These:
Arizona-praising Bobby in Phoenix at Last.fm
Bright instrumental Aspen Forest at Last.fm


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Originally posted Apr 12, 2011 Published in issue #1151-1152 Apr 22, 2011 Order article reprints