Demon Days

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Lives up to high expectations; not for kids.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

It's really all over the place -- some great positive messages, also darkly negative ones.

Violence

A fair amount of violent imagery, some of it with a message on nonviolence.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo.

Language

A couple of four-letter words.

Consumerism

Nothing to worry about.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several references to drugs and drinking, in a cartoon-y way.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the lyrics contain some violent imagery and references to drugs and alcohol.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants April 24, 2011
Adult Written bygorillazss August 3, 2013

my thing is that this album is crazy and this album is ok

i think about this cd it is cool but the language i hate
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Great CD

I love it. I love it. I love it! This is an awesome Cd. Though not marked explicit, It still uses some foul language. But still a great Cd. Recommended for resp... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPac man12 December 11, 2016

OMG totally rad

Some kids might try to get a gun when they hear the song dirty harry but otherwise it rock da house.

What's the story?

The Gorillaz' self-titled debut album, a quirky little side project populated by animated characters devised by illustrator Jamie Hewlett and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, surprised the world by becoming a platinum-selling hit. Expectations were high for this follow-up project -- and DEMON DAYS more than meets expectations. Albarn (a.k.a. 2D) and DJ Danger Mouse co-produced this time around, with some lively and innovative tracks. Some surprise guest singers perform (Dennis Hopper takes a spoken-word spin on "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head," for example), but the real stars of the show are innovation and creativity.

Is it any good?

Lyrics explore darker themes than on the previous CD, with many references to guns, drugs, and alcohol. But the underlying messages seem to be neither anti nor pro, and the lyrics are nonsensical enough to soften the visceral power of any violent imagery. "Drinking out/Pacifier/Sinking soul/There you are/But it won't be long/Cause kids with guns/Kids with guns/Easy does it, easy does it, they got something to say mental," bouncing along over bright, perky instrumental tracks ends up sounding pretty ineffectual and cartoony, as violent lyrics go. Demon Days does not sound like anything else out there, and that's a refreshing and wonderful thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what musical elements combine to make the Gorillaz sound so fresh and innovative.

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