Demon Days CD (2005)

Artist: Gorillaz

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Gorillaz- Demon Days

by Parker Slater on 8/20/2012

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Product Overview

The 15-track Demon Days is the follow-up to Gorillaz's worldwide smash self-titled debut and was co-produced by Albarn and Danger Mouse. The London Community Gospel Choir can be heard on the title track, while guest spots by rock legend Ike Turner, the Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder and underground rapper MF Doom are sprinkled throughout other cuts.


Label Virgin Records
SKU 63979796
UPC 724387383821
UPC 14 00724387383821
Format CD
Release Date 5/24/2005
Author Gorillaz
Associated Artist/Work Daley
Associated Artist/Work Space Monkeyz
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Technical Info
Engineer Jason Cox
Producer Damon Albarn; Danger Mouse; Gorillaz; James Dring; Jason Cox; Damon Albarn; Danger Mouse; Gorillaz
CatalogID 73838
Lable Name Virgin
Released 05/24/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724387383821
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: London Community Gospel Choir, Martina Topley-Bird, Neneh Cherry, Children's Choir San Fernandez (vocals); Dennis Hopper (spoken vocals); Simon Tong (guitar); Antonia Pagulatos, Sally Jackson , Prabjote Osahn (violin); Stella Page, Amanda Drummond (viola); Isabelle Dunn (cello); Ike Turner (piano); Al Mobbs, Emma Smith (double bass); James Dring (programming); Rossiere "Shadow" Wilson, Rosie Wilson (background vocals).
Additional personnel: MF Doom, Roots Manuva, Shaun Ryder.
Audio Mixers: Gorillaz; Jason Cox.
Recording information: 13; Kong Studios; St Stephen's Church, Canonbury Square.
Reader: Dennis Hopper.
On the second full-length Gorillaz outing, DEMON DAYS, mastermind Damon Albarn (Blur) parts company with Dan the Automator and opts for a collaboration with Danger Mouse, the DJ most renowned for his GREY ALBUM mash-up of the Beatles' WHITE ALBUM and Jay-Z's BLACK ALBUM. Although this dynamic collection isn't a radical departure from its predecessor (Artwork by Jamie Hewlett? Check. A small army of guest stars? Check.), DEMON DAYS injects the party-ready Gorillaz aesthetic with a brooding sensibility that's immediately apparent on the zombie-movie-sampling "Intro." In fact, a morbid sentiment abounds, as evidenced by many songs, including "Last Living Souls" and "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead."
Even though Albarn has weighty issues occupying his thoughts, he hasn't forgotten how to boogie, as revealed by the slinky "Kids with Guns" (featuring backing vocals by Neneh Cherry) and the funky "Feel Good Inc." (with De La Soul), which sounds like the slacker cousin of Outkast's "Hey Ya!" The ominous "November Has Come" (featuring MF Doom) and the bizarre "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head" (with a spoken-word performance by actor Dennis Hopper) round out this eclectic pop/rock/hip-hop offering, which equals, if not exceeds, the first Gorillaz disc.
Artist Overview
The Gorillaz is Blur frontman Damon Albarn's hip-hop/electronica cartoon concept band. While real-life participants have included such luminaries as Dan the Automator, Danger Mouse, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, De La Soul, and Shuan Ryder, the Gorillaz are represented by 2D, Murdoc, Russel, and Noddle--four animated rock-&-roll apes created by comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. One might imagine a virtual band to be a tough sell, but in fact the Gorillaz have released two successful full-length albums and scored international hits with 2001's "Clint Eastwood" and 2005's "Dirty Harry."
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.64) - Ranked #4 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[A] vivid, spastic concept album about the last primates to survive the apocalypse."
Spin (p.105) - "Albarn still has great taste in other people's music. His new accomplice, copyright pirate Danger Mouse, fills in suggestively dubby spaces with choirs, staggering synths, and MCs ranging from De La Soul to Roots Manuva to MF Doom." - Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly (No. 821/822, p.136) - "[This] follow-up is spookier, blippier, and more on edge..." - Grade: B
Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Dazzlingly clever - great beats, brilliant production, top tunes and some of Albarn's best singing..."
CMJ (No. 914, p.4) - " immensely absorbable experience with plenty of rhymes and funked-out marching beats to bite into..."
Vibe (p.143) - "[A]s original - and just as much fun - as the first."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.18) - Ranked #18 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[A] genre-busting, contemporary pop milestone."
Paste (magazine) - "With Gorillaz enlisting the underground-infamous Danger Mouse as producer this time, the sound is more psychedeli-danceable than ever."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Last Living Souls
3 Kids With Guns
4 O Green World
5 Dirty Harry
6 Feel Good Inc.
7 Ma¤ana, El
8 Every Planet We Reach Is Dead
9 November Has Come
10 All Alone
11 White Light
13 Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head
14 Don't Get Lost In Heaven
15 Demon Days
Product Attributes
Artist Gorillaz
Music Format Compact Disc

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