Plastic Beach

Plastic Beach

Disc review

The reason this is so good is because it’s not what you’re expecting. The band once fronted by cartoon characters has been reclaimed by Damon Albarn and, in doing so, he’s made one of the year’s best albums. There are still the rap collabos that were the backbone of the previous releases (De La Soul and Gruff Rhys on Superfast Jellyfish is a highlight here), but it’s really about everything else. It’s Blur with an electronic shave and a haircut after a trip around the world’s music. His songs for Lou Reed and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon work because. well, you’ll only believe it when you hear it. But the real highlights are all Albarn: He’s not sounded as good as he does on Rhinestone Eyes and On Melancholy Hill in a long time.

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