Well that didn’t take long, but after finally returning to the scene after so many years, the Gorillaz are back with their second album in as many years, and it’s pretty strong redirection from what was on Humanz. Humanz was a sprawling, featured filled affair that experimented with an almost dizzying amount of different genres and sounds. But whereas that album, at times, felt directionless, The Now Now feels more stripped back, more concise, and definitely more focused. There are some folksy moments on the album but for the most part it all has a heavy funk flavor to it and paired with their smooth synths and soft melodies, it makes for some of their most unassuming and non-threatening music yet. It’s all easy listening perfect for a chill poolside day. While I didn’t think there were any moments that really moved me like on their previous album, as a whole it was much more enjoyable listen with some moments of fantastic grooves.
Everything Chromeo has to offer here is so shallow and devoid of any real soul that not even their varied array of guest features could do much to save it. All this album did was make me want to listen to some real funk.
Bright and brilliantly embellished with tasteful touches on guitar, "Humility" sounds like sunlight should and would, if it had a sound. Wooping, warbling, sliding... It's relaxed soul and upbeat jazz jumbled up together. Great stuff and a standout among their latest releases, for sure.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino can be best described as hallucinogenic lounge music that's left-field, inventive, and smoldering. A highly unexpected direction from an established band that could've easily played things safe, but instead chose to take major risks that paid off in one of their most exhilarating albums to date.
Have you heard The Now Now? What’d you think about it? Do you think this more stripped back focus was a better approach than their last album? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Gorillaz – The Now Now Reaction
There are some folksy moments on the album but for the most part it all has a heavy funk flavor to it and paired with their smooth synths and soft melodies, it makes for some The Gorillaz's most unassuming and non-threatening music yet.