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The Gorillaz Return with Their Release, “Humanz”

Alex Marshall, Reporter

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Seven years after the release of “Plastic Beach,” the Gorillaz are back with their new release, Humanz.

The Gorillaz are known for having excellent features on their albums, and this year’s release is no different.

D.R.A.M., Vince Staples, De La Soul and Danny Brown are just some of the artists featured on this album.

As a matter of fact the album tends to lean more on the features than the actual members of the band, but it does not take away from the quality in my opinion; it only adds to the Gorillaz sound.

Speaking of sound, the genre influences in this album are abundant.

Club, dance hall, hip-hop and R&B are all heard in some way, shape or form, all blending together in a cohesive project that fits as the next addition to the Gorillaz library.

This album is different than previous albums because it tends to have more rapping on tracks rather than singing or instrumental, but this edition is predictable as hip-hop has grown to be an enormously popular genre.

Senior Michael Koval believes that the Gorillaz have done it again and that “Humanz” is one of the best of 2017 so far, but has some criticisms.

“The first 8 songs or so are very solid, but the last half of the album seemed a bit dulled down,” said Koval.

This is a fair criticism as the release does tend to tone down a bit towards the first third, but the rest of the tracks do not take away from the quality of the album.

Junior Taylor Stenley feels differently however, as this is her favorite Gorillaz album.

“I love everything about it, I’ve been waiting for the Gorillaz to evolve into a new sound, and their direction is amazing,” says Stenley.

The Gorillaz are known for having an abstract sound that can be hard to place genre-wise, but their development through sound as each album comes is an interesting story to follow.

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The student news site of Susquehannock High School in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania.
The Gorillaz Return with Their Release, “Humanz”