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Humanz finally breaks the long silence of the virtual band Gorillaz, only interrupted by a decent series of singles, videos for an augmented reality, interviews-stories of the famous animated alter ego and by other funny technologic inspirations. Despite the previous statements from the Albarn-Hewlett duo, there is no traces of anti-Trump or anti-Brexit political references inside the album, but this does not seem to compromise the potential. The project takes the listener away and leave it in the middle of 2001, year in which the bond between music, videos and comics turned out to be the best move and a solid symbol for the band. A change of direction can only be welcome, considering the recent letdown about the visual side of the project.
What really pops out about Humanz, is the vertiginous list of collaborations. And so it is the sequence of tracks apparently independent and unrelated from one another: from De La Soul to Pusha T, from Peven Everett to Danny Brown, from Antony Hamilton to the arch enemy Noel Gallagher, the result is a mixed collection of well structured and captivating songs (with few exceptions), spaced out by persistent interludes, which are not very pleasant to hear.
Between hip hop, rap, soul, subtle quotes from Everyday Robots and odd combinations, the work of Gorillaz proves to be, one more time, a source of inspiration, fueled by a regained interest in the growth of music, videos and comics. And this confirms the project as one of the most interesting over the last years.
Giulia Tagliabue – Translated by Beatrice Birolo