Demon Days

Common Sense Media says

Lives up to high expectations; not for kids.

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What parents need to know

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.

Parents Need to Know

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

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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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

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

Music details

Artist:Gorillaz
Release date:May 24, 2005
Label:Virgin Records
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 14, 2012
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demon days

Demon Days does not sound like anything else out there, and that's a refreshing and wonderful thing. Families can talk about what musical elements combine to make the Gorillaz sound so fresh and innovative.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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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 responsible children.
Teen, 14 years old Written byorangeduck11 May 2, 2015
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My favourite band since I was five, great music

Yeah, there's language... Most of the stuff they say is kind of nonsensical, you'd really have to dig deep to get undertones out of most of their songs. I recommend this to anyone who likes rock or electronica music.
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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