Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez | Gorillaz
Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez is the seventh studio album by British virtual band Gorillaz, released on 23 October 2020. The album is released as part of Gorillaz' Song Machine project, a web series consisting of a collection of singles and music videos, dubbed "episodes" each featuring different guest artists. The album marked the return of the character Murdoc Niccals in promotional material, after his absence from The Now Now in 2018. The record received widespread critical acclaim from music critics. -Wikipedia
Gorillaz’s ‘Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez’ Is a Perfect Pop Tonic for 2020.
Overall, the album is definitely Gorillaz’s best material in a decade and provides some much-needed comfort listening, that we all have needed in 2020.
Loud and Quiet
Season One of Song Machine has a lot to offer in terms of inventive collaborations and experiments. It’s an intentionally mixed bag, but there’s surprising thematic consistency from Albarn, with his toybox approach to sound design and genre fusion. It’ll be well worth renewing a second season.
The Young Folks
This is by far their best return-record, and considering it’s just part one to a continuously-developing series, it’s hard not to be excited for more.
Do not expect a coherent, conceptual album because you will not find one here. The title “Song Machine” should clue listeners into the collaborative, open nature of this collection of songs, and the result is one of the finest releases of 2020.
The new album isn’t totally breaking the Gorillaz mould, but it’s certainly expanding it.
At a time when we can’t go much further than the nearest park, ‘Strange Timez’ acts like a jukebox journey hopping from country to country, culture to culture. It’s not always smooth sailing, but what’s an adventure without a few unexpected hiccups here and there?
The Cosmic Clash
Gorillaz Song Machine Season One is their best work.