Pitchfork's Gorillaz 'Humanz' Album Review


As usual, the guest list on Humanz promises untold riches—Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Kelela, Pusha T, Mavis Staples, D.R.A.M., and Jehnny Beth from Savages—on which the music doesn’t deliver. No matter the rotating cast, Gorillaz tracks come in a few basic colors and flavors: A stew of fat drums, gloomy synth patches, crooned and muttered hooks from Albarn in the background. With this reliable frame, every guest ends up smeared with Gorillaz makeup and bearing a whiff of Suicide Squad-style corporate menace.

I hate to agree with Jayson Greene on this one. I was hoping Gorillaz had released the weaker songs in advance and the album would impress, but after given it a good 4 or 5 listens in the past week, I couldn't tell you any memorable songs. 

In spite of that, I'm still excited for their European tour this November/December. I saw Gorillaz back in their Plastic Beach World Tour and it was one of the best gigs I've ever witnessed (and I've seen quite a few).