Demon Days

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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 52 reviews

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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.


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


Some sexual innuendo.


A couple of four-letter words.


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
Parent of a 1, 10, 14, and 17-year-old Written bySystemOfANintendo August 3, 2010


A great album! Although there's some violent imagery, as well as some swearing, it sends great messages! Off for 7 and under, iffy for 8-9, on for 10+! It... Continue reading
Adult Written bygorillazgirl March 10, 2012


reaalyyyy great. My kids have been listening to gorillaz since they were born. my 12 year old badboy really loves them. So does my 6,7,and 11 year old.
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.
Teen, 16 years old Written byAnaya4u5 August 27, 2016

There my favorite group

I love Gorillaz I loving this group when I was 5 years old Demon Days is my favorite Album and my Parents like Gorillaz

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.

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