Gorillaz have released their new album The Now Now. After their sprawling, feature-heavy album last year Humanz, the group has toned things down a little bit with just 11 tracks and only two of them with features.
The album finds Damon Albarn back in complete control on the mic alongside Jamie Hewlett, writing their brand of funky, melodic and strange mix of electronic, rock, trip-hop and a bit of pop.
They go a bit more downtempo on “Idaho” to balance out the top few collab singles in “Hollywood” and “Humility,” which would be best in their live sets and are much more danceable.
After going seven years without an album, fans now have two in two years. The output is remarkable, as Hewlett and Albarn have shown a renewed commitment to the group. They will be touring extensively this fall, so go out and see them with this fresh batch of songs. They won't need the full compliment of featured singers that have been a part of past LPs for this tour.