Damon Albarn’s rap-rock cross over is complete. Since fronting his animated character of a band he’s left Brit-pop for dead and headed up a rap-rock revolution complete with the type of melodic flourishes the Taylor Swifts of this world would die for.
Like the previous four Gorillaz albums, Humanz is diverse, alternative, but this time it’s a little harder to get into. That’s not to say it’s bad but a little more disjointed, with a mixtape feel.
There are a lot of special guests contributing to the rap-pop, hip-hop mix which is never dull but only intermittently brilliant. And there’s a more dystopian outlook here with rap songs sounding like something concocted by Drake or Kanye West.
Ideas are again overflowing, and Humanz is nothing less than interesting. Just don’t expect the instanteous melodies that made Gorillaz’s previous albums so soothing to hear.