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Humanz

Gorillaz

Humanz

Fifth studio album from Damon Albarn's virtual band, featuring a range of high-profile guest vocalists

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
PLG UK Frontline
UK Release date
28/04/2017
US Release date
28/04/2017
  1. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    As a headphone record Humanz is a dazzling experience
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  2. 9.0 |   Punk News

    Feels like a dark, nightclub party at the end of the world
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  3. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s a rallying cry for humanity that only a cartoon band could deliver
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  4. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    For sure one of the essential albums for the coming summer
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  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    This is intelligent party music, but it’s also headphone listening
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    Their biggest, most political statement yet
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    It would not be a surprise if it dates more quickly than 'Demon Days' or 'Plastic Beach'. But, right now, 'Humanz' sounds exactly like tomorrow coming today
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A pop album that punches at the sonic envelope of what pop can be
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    A star-studded and political dose of hope and fear set in a freaky, amorphous nightmare
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    An album about wading through the dark days ends on a triumphant note. There is hope yet. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A boundlessly inventive and occasionally quite bonkers record. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Humanz might just be Albarn's greatest achievement yet with Gorillaz
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Musically, the album’s prevailing electro mode affords a surprising breadth of styles, from the John Carpenter-esque synth progressions of “She’s My Collar” to the Earth, Wind & Fire-flavoured funk-soul flavour of “Strobelite”
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  14. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A record made with the groove in mind
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  15. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A party album for a world gone mad
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  16. 8.0 |   All Music

    In dark times, it finds hope and inspiration in the power of the collective, which is a testament to what Albarn intends to do with Gorillaz
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  17. 8.0 |   Mixmag

    If you’re new to the zoo, prepare for a 20-track musical trip you won’t forget in a hurry
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  18. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A frustrating, confusing mess, where incongruous elements collide and then go rattling around the edges of tracks without any rhyme or reason. In other words, it's a Gorillaz album through and through
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  19. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    All the famous people and the cartoons are partying together, and it’s hard to know where the actual humans fit in. In that sense, it’s more like today’s America than ever
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  20. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Humanz occupies a unique spot in the Gorillaz canon. It oozes with the below-the-surface grandeur that usually quantifies the record before the classic record in a band’s discography
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  21. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Humanz is good, because Gorillaz are good, and it distinguishes itself by probably being the band’s most party-orientated record, which is great. But ultimately it feel like Gorillaz are now more curators than provocateurs, locked into a classy, comfortable groove
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  22. 7.0 |   music OMH

    When compared to Demon Days or Plastic Beach, one cannot help but feel just a little underwhelmed by the songs here. Perhaps a bit more of Gorillaz and a few less guests might have given Humanz rather more soul
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  23. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Their most chaotic release yet
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  24. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The most overtly polemic Gorillaz record
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  25. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Damon Albarn's cartoon pop band brings guests from across the pop spectrum to prove once again why they’re the most interesting rap-rock crossover act ever
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  26. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Rolling basslines and crisply programmed beats. Print edition only

  27. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    An impressive showcase of how Albarn’s eclectic tastes are something he’s more than capable of harnessing and tying together with intelligence and nuance
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  28. 7.0 |   Resident Advisor

    The lyrics on Humanz might be Gorillaz's darkest, but the album has lots of bright music
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  29. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Kelela, and Pusha T all star on the fifth album from Damon Albarn’s cartoon crew, another gloomy party playlist for the end of the world
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  30. 6.8 |   AU Review

    The biggest issue I have with Humanz is that, for all its ambition and guests, it lacks a distinctly memorable quality as a whole album
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  31. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With a bit more focus, Humanz could have been an essential part of Gorillaz’s narrative. Instead, it’s a scatterbrained frenzy of emotion
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  32. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    While Humanz is the biggest departure Gorillaz has yet attempted, it is also their biggest grower
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  33. 6.5 |   Earbuddy

    Albarn knows how to do music very well. Gorillaz has shown that he’s great at picking up interesting guests and doing things with them. Here, he could have done better things with them
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  34. 6.0 |   State

    Often slight, if enjoyable, this is a diverting listen that may be more likely to come to life in a live setting
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  35. 6.0 |   NOW

    Has a multitude of singular voices but a few too many forgettable songs
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  36. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Gorillaz’s on-trend party album brings reassuring strangeness and a clever use of collaborators, but little real-world clout
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  37. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Albarn effectively weaves together his guests' ostensibly disparate styles
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  38. 4.0 |   The FT

    Damon Albarn delivers ennui-laden lines in the manner of David Bowie on this patchy album
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