The new Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, comes out next week. NPR put up a stream of the record yesterday, and after having a good couple of listens, I've made my opinion. I loved the first, self-titled, album and Demon Days was a revelatory record. Gorillaz are an art project that makes music to which one can get the fuck down.
That being said, while Plastic Beach is a good album, it's not a good Gorillaz album. There are way too many guest stars up in front, and not enough Damon Albarn. In other words, it's an album that's pretty fun, but if you want to hear the cohesiveness that characterized the first two records, you'll be disappointed.
The video for "Stylo" pretty much rips shit, though -- Bruce Willis driving a hemi'd El Camino?!? Wow. It's also the one and only song on the album that sounds like Gorillaz proper.
EDIT 1:38 p.m.: They keep yanking down all the embeds, so you'll have to watch it on the official YouTube page.