A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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.