I have long harboured a desire to be a cartoon character. Alas, my dream has not been realised to the extent of Damon Albarn and his buddies.
This album was very, very hard to resist however. The Clint Eastwood track is a pop masterpiece, and so perfectly suited to the imagery of the band (even if they are terrible lip-synchers):
Much of the album is a surprisingly restrained and subtle collection in comparison. It burbles along in a similar vein to the Avalanches, but with a more daytime groove and less attention-seeking. It feels the soundtrack to some bright sunny, lazy day in some cyber near-future Tokyo.
The highpoints tend to revolve around the laid back rhymes of Del the Funky Homosapien on the aforementioned hit and Rock Tha House. Albarn sounds his funkiest on 19-2000.
Clearly Albarn is more talented and creative than Blur ever allowed him to be. He also has some handy acquaintances (including the most under-rated Talking Head Tina Weymouth).
This is a big tick for collaboration and virtualisation.
File under: Giving Josie and the Pussycats a run for their money