Gorillaz'Days' Of Our Lives
The brainchild of Blur frontman Damon Albarn and "Tank Girl" creator Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz comprises the characters Noodle, Murdoc, 2-D, and Russell, who inhabit a virtual world on Gorillaz.com. The group's sophomore album, "Demon Days," arrives this week via Virgin, led by the single "Feel Good Inc." featuring De La Soul, which can currently be seen in an ad for Apple's iPod.
Accurately described as "darker" and "more intense" than its predecessor, but no less eclectic, the album was co-produced by Albarn and Danger Mouse. "Last Living Souls" is marked by acoustic strumming and piano melodies, while "Kids With Guns" threads a sample of Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" through a multi-faceted musical backdrop.
The collective puts a weird spin on seductive soul with "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead," while "White Light" starts off in similar territory as Blur's raucous "Song 2" before being interrupted by an angelic interlude. For an extra dash of oddness, actor Dennis Hopper offers spoken-word intonations atop "Fire Coming Out of a Monkey's Head."
"Feel Good Inc." was not originally intended for De La Soul, but that the veteran rap trio's infectious spirit made them the right choice for the cut. "We played them the track and they began dancing immediately," Albarn recalls. "They have such a playful attitude, which works for us. In the end, it's one of those songs that tells a story about nothing, really. And that's pretty much what the Gorillaz are about."