With a scope as broad as the Grand Canyon, the digitally animated U.K.
With a scope as broad as the Grand Canyon, the digitally animated U.K. "boy" band Gorillaz is ready to take on America with its debut set, which encompasses everything from rap to garage rock. Such contributors as Del tha Funky Homosapien, Kid Koala, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori offer their creative musings to the album, resulting in its wonderful diversity. The disc's first single, "Tomorrow Comes Today," is a darkly beautiful tune accented by the vocals of Blur's Damon Albarn, who, along with Tank Girl illustrator Jamie Hewlett, masterminded this project. Equally impressive is the alternative/hip-hop-spliced "Clint Eastwood," which spotlights Albarn's laid-back delivery coupled with a verse from Del, who offers listeners his signature out-of-this-world lyrics. Because of their computer-generated public face, the Gorillaz are free to create a most eclectic landscape, regardless of what others may think.—RH