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The Gorillaz’s New Album Stirs Some Controversy

by Nathaniel Mulitauaopele

The Gorillaz recently released a few songs from their new album coming out on April 28th called Humanz.

The new album was said to be inspired heavily by Preisident Trump’s election, evident both in a statement by Damon Albarn [1] and in some of the lyrics and topics brought up in lyrics of the songs introduced.

Three of the songs, “Saturnz barz”, “Ascension”, and “Let Me Out”, are heavily rap-inspired while “Andromeda” and “We Got The Power” are more like pop songs; “Andromeda” being a mellow kind of love song, and “We Got The Power” being an upbeat and invigorating song.

The political messages within the songs “Ascension”, and “Let Me Out” have stirred up quite a bit of controversy among fans. It seems like a big risk for the band to be taking a political side considering how divided the world community seems to be due to the election. However, it is also a great opportunity for them to make whatever argument they are trying to make within their music.

Another song stirring up controversy among fans is “Saturnz Barz.” Popcaan, a featured artist within “Saturnz Barz”, sings quite a few verses within the song. He sings in broken English or pidgin, as is custom when singing reggae, and it seems to have rubbed some fans the wrong way. “I personally don’t like it,” said junior Jay Leins. “I kind of questioned it at first, but after listening to it a few times I got into it,” said senior Dylan Cook

Cook continued, “A lot of the Gorillaz is that the music videos are supposed to be how the song is represented, but not all of the [new] songs have videos and it’ll help out when they make music videos for the rest. I think it’ll be good [the album].”  Cook brings up some great insights about the band, as their animated music videos tell a great deal of story about the animated characters that represent the band.

Junior Zeshaun Shaikh said, “It’s the best thing ever.” when asked about the new album. “I listened to it for a couple of hours last night, I really liked ‘Saturnz Barz’,” he continued.

The future songs within the album look promising and the few songs of the album that have been released have fans hooked and waiting on the edge of their seat for the rest of the album to be released.
[1] https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/apr/10/damon-albarn-gorillaz-new-album-humanz-response-trumps-election