8. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

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8. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots (2014)

1. Everyday Robots
2. Hostiles
3. Lonely Press Play
4. Mr Tembo (featuring The Leytonstone City Mission Choir)
5. Parakeet
6. The Selfish Giant (featuring Natasha Khan
7. You and Me (featuring Brian Eno)
8. Hollow Ponds
9. Seven High
10. Photographs (You Are Taking Now)
11. The History of a Cheating Heart
12. Heavy Seas of Love (featuring Brian Eno & The Leytonstone City Mission Choir)

Who is Damon Albarn?

According to Wikipedia; “Damon Albarn, OBE is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is the lead singer of the alternative rock band Blur as well as co-founder, vocalist, instrumentalist and principal songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz.”

On Twitter (@damonalbarn); “The new solo album from English singer, songwriter, producer and composer Damon Albarn is out now”. Bio and ad combined there. 65daysofstatic and Afro Celt Sound System take note…

Why did you buy this album?

My wife is a huge Blur fan, so when front-man Damon Albarn released this, his first solo album, I bought it for her. She assures me she’s listened to it…

What’s it like?

It’s an interesting listen this. Although there’s a familiarity in Albarn’s voice and melodic tics from years of listening to Blur, ‘Everyday Robots‘ doesn’t sound like a missing Blur album. There’s an air of melancholy throughout, and a myriad of his musical influences show through, including a world-music feel to some tracks and an appearance by a gospel choir.

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

I like this album a lot. It lacks the immediacy of his material with Blur or The Good, The Band And The Queen, but several listens later, and I’m very happy with it! In fact, I had planned this post to go out several days previously, but had to keep listening to it.

Any stand-out tracks?

Brilliantly, a different track stands out on each listen, but not to the detriment of previous stand outs. Current favourites as of the date of posting are; ‘Mr. Tembo‘, ‘Hollow Ponds‘, ‘Photograph (You Are Taking Now)‘, and ‘Heavy Seas Of Love‘.

Rating out of 10?

8/10.

Next up: Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes

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