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Song Machine, Season One: Strange

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Song Machine, Season One: Strange

Seventh studio album from Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's virtual band is part of the Song Machine project

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
PLG UK Frontline
UK Release date
16/10/2020
US Release date
16/10/2020
  1. 9.0 |   DIY

    The LP fizzles with a self-made, impromptu energy
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  2. 9.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    A creative mix that showcases Gorillaz’ incredible versatility
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    On album seven, the virtual band continue to eschew tradition and expectation with a guest-heavy romp where punk sits effortlessly beside glitzy ballads
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    While the floorplan may be Albarn’s, he makes his guests comfortable... he allows them the space to put up a few posters and make the place their own
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A deviation from their previous releases, where the songs appear as standalone releases and there’s no immediate overarching concept across the album as a whole
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The finest Gorillaz album in a decade
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Damon Albarn is the melodic anchor to this pioneering album that balances concept with fun
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  8. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Seven albums in, and Gorillaz and their revolving stage of guest stars feel like they’re just getting started. Song Machine, Season Two can’t come soon enough.
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    A record that walks the streets of West Africa and West London with equal confidence, ‘Strange Timez’ offers respite from the dark clouds that swarm above 2020, a gateway into another realm. Seasons come and seasons go but Gorillaz remain – we’re lucky to have them
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Damon Albarn’s cartoon band mark their 20th anniversary with a record whose star guests – Elton John, Robert Smith and St Vincent among them – are folded into a fluent, brilliant whole
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Strange Timez boasts another whopping cast, featuring Beck, St Vincent, Kano, Peter Hook, Slowthai, Joan as Policewoman, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Skepta, the late Tony Allen and the most eye-catching guest of all, the Rocket Man himself, Sir Elton John
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  12. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Strange Timez doesn’t break a whole lot of new ground, but it’s Damon Albarn’s strongest release since Plastic Beach and an infectious celebration of the unique legacy of Gorillaz
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  13. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The English troupe’s latest project is as sundry, vibrant, playful, and superficial as you’d expect
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  14. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    An A-List companion to modern hysteria
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  15. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Damon Albarn and Co. go further into borderless pop with the help of Beck, Elton John, and others
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  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    Strange Timez may have followed a different template than previous Gorillaz albums, but it is unmistakably a Gorillaz album, a record that hides its melancholy among a series of sunny, genre-bending fusions
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  17. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s an intentionally mixed bag, but there’s surprising thematic consistency from Albarn, with his toybox approach to sound design and genre fusion
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  18. 6.0 |   The FT

    The latest album from Damon Albarn’s side-project draws a diverse array of musical personalities
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