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Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 05:11
by munch
goadamn wrote:I really like Everyday Robots but I like his mellow somber simple tunes.
When you read interviews about this album, he's very candid about his producer focusing it on those types of songs and how he has amassed a bunch of poppy uptempo songs that were never recorded for the album. Which is great! He has more material for a fun Gorillaz album and some stuff for TGTBTQ and Blur =)

It's always best to appreciate each album for what IT IS, not for what you are comparing it to.
Everyday Robots is a great little minimal album and I get the feeling he really enjoyed making it and touring it around.
I recall the producer made him put Mr. Tembo on which is good.

Everyday Robots is pretty good. It's just too much a good thing perhaps? It's so depressing all the way through. I feel like if each song was released separately without the context of the grim album we'd be over the moon about each track. But as it is depression to depressing apart from Mr. Tembo we're kind of drowned by it.

Everyday Robots
Really interesting sound. Great opener

Hostiles
This song never did anything for me until I saw a live version of it on his website. Not sure what that says.

Lonely Press Play
Beautiful song. One of my favorites from his whole career. Can mean so much, interesting sounds throughout, strings, excellent.

Mr Tembo
I always thought it sounded a bit like an old Blur song so in that way it is a brilliant track. Light hearted and fun. I'm not sure if the production does it justice though.

The Selfish Giant
Love this song. I remember in an interview Damon said that even though it sounds domestic it's actually about submarines. I reckon it's probably about both and he's just being veily. Good production and catchy (Still depressing though)

You and Me
Pleasurable on the ears but has no point. It feels like two different songs like it is and the lyrics have no impact on me. None of them make sense or connect. Luckily the melodies are nice enough to keep me around. No structure.

Hollow Ponds
I like the brass but other than that it's a bit boring. Add the fact we can't relate because the lyrics are so so personal. There are definitely some good moments but overall a bit meh.

Photographs
This is a tricky one. It's good but nothing special.

The History of a Cheating Heart
I really like this one, though I don't seem to listen to it enough. Very personal. (Although in the context of the album it's still depressing)

Heavy Seas of Love
It's beautiful! but I usually just use this one to try and get people interested in the music because it's the most friendly.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 07:07
by 101reykjavik
^ Never understand why people say sad songs are 'depressing'. :?

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 08:06
by My Name Is Mud
I still think it's a great album. I was very underwhelmed by the lead single myself, although it grew on me within the context of the album itself.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 08:41
by munch
101reykjavik wrote:^ Never understand why people say sad songs are 'depressing'. :?
I think just too much of it overwhelmed me.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 09:47
by 101reykjavik
My Name Is Mud wrote:I still think it's a great album. I was very underwhelmed by the lead single myself, although it grew on me within the context of the album itself.
I thought the lead single was one of the weakest things on the whole album.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 10:32
by My Name Is Mud
101reykjavik wrote:
My Name Is Mud wrote:I still think it's a great album. I was very underwhelmed by the lead single myself, although it grew on me within the context of the album itself.
I thought the lead single was one of the weakest things on the whole album.
Overall yep, it was.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 14:01
by tom_cas1
It seems I'm in the vast minority of people who thinks Mr Tembo is utter tosh. I think I'm going to have to listen to the album again though. Maybe I'll "get it" now after not getting it last year.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 15:49
by Rosie
Me too, I don't like Mr Tembo, only live it's fun.
You and me along Hostiles are my favourite ones.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 16:09
by Lt Pinkerton
Just listened to the record for the first time in months and I'm still not impressed by it. The title track, Hostiles, Hollow Ponds and Mr. Tembo feel subpar to me. Lonely Press Play, Photographs, You and Me and Heavy Seas are the only ER songs that are on my usual Albarn rotation.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 16:10
by davidsutter
tom_cas1 wrote:It seems I'm in the vast minority of people who thinks Mr Tembo is utter tosh. I think I'm going to have to listen to the album again though. Maybe I'll "get it" now after not getting it last year.
It's not fantastic or anything but I like it fine.
Kind of reminds me of the Moroccan People song from Think Tank.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 16:21
by 101reykjavik
davidsutter wrote:
tom_cas1 wrote:It seems I'm in the vast minority of people who thinks Mr Tembo is utter tosh. I think I'm going to have to listen to the album again though. Maybe I'll "get it" now after not getting it last year.
It's not fantastic or anything but I like it fine.
Kind of reminds me of the Moroccan People song from Think Tank.
Exactly. It's just a fun song, nothing too deep. It acts as a nice bit of light relief among the more melancholic songs.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 17:29
by aldamasta
101reykjavik wrote:It acts as a nice bit of light relief among the more melancholic songs.
Right, and it does a great job. Really catchy little song, don't see how anyone could have a problem with it! And live, like all the songs on this album, it's so great and energetic.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 22:14
by Westway
yeah this album sucks
all the beats sound the same
the melancholic mood feels really forced
photographs, mr tembo and heavy seas are the only stand out songs
the live versions of photographs (esp the rah versions) and mr tembo make the album versions feel really lacking
the live piano version of history of a cheating heart takes the song to another level, the studio version doesnt have that same emotional energy

Lonesome street and There are too many of us are miles ahead of everything else on everyday robots
it really just drives home how half assed that album felt

but on the plus side im excited for tmw now

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 22:59
by jeffnottingham
The absolute hands down best versions of the ER songs is the Live From Fox Studios set - obviously not all the songs are there, but search for this set on youtube, and tell me if I'm missing better versions. For me, they've become definitive - especially Hollow Ponds, and the only version of the title track that works for me too.

Though the definitive You & Me, for me, is the Roundhouse version. I'm not keen on the steel drums connecting part on the actual record.

Oh and the best version of Mr Tembo is the Jools Holland version, choir on great form, and Damon nails the rap section really well.

Re: Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots album reviews

Posted: 25 Mar 2015, 23:08
by Rubi
^ Hollows Ponds from Jools is also good.