Every Album by Gorillaz Ranked From Worst to Best

Formed in 1998 by Blur member Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is a British virtual band consisting of four members; 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs and Noodle. With Gorillaz, Albarn had foregone the pop sound that he had already established with Blur, and ventured into alternative styles like hip-hop and electronic. Despite the rather eccentric sound and visuals, the band spawned massive success and gained millions of dedicated fans worldwide, lasting all the way up to their most recent LP “The Now Now”. Today I’m going to be ranking all of the Gorillaz albums from worst to best, however I won’t be including remix albums, compilations or EP’s so you won’t be seeing the likes of “G-Sides” or “Laika Come Home” here.

6. The Fall [2011]

Gorillaz forth album “The Fall” is by far the band’s weakest release to date. Whilst arguably Gorillaz’ most experimental record to date, “The Fall” just seems to lack that flair that the group’s previous albums captured so perfectly. Recorded on Albarn’s iPad over a period of 32 days whilst on tour for “Plastic Beach,” this LP seems to contain many songs that don’t really work by themselves, and need the context of the album to make any form of sense. However the tracks “Revolving Doors” and “Amarillo” are fantastic tunes that are up there with some of Gorillaz’ best work. Not a bad result for a few days of recording and looping through an iPad.

Best Tracks: Revolving Doors, Detroit, Amarillo

5. The Now Now [2018]

The band’s most recent entry into their discography is not a terrible effort, it’s just probably their most ‘meh’ record to date. Released only a year after their previous LP “Humanz,” “The Now Now” is a fun and easily enjoyable experience in the first half with smooth, glossy tracks like “Humility” and “Hollywood” to keep the experience afloat. However as the record continues, the fun, surf-pop vibes have all but disappeared and what we’re left with is some generic, uninteresting pieces of music. It works as a good experience, however there weren’t many standout tracks to pull out from the record. Despite these issues, “The Now Now” does feel very cohesive lyrically, especially since “Humanz” had close to no running theme throughout. The album’s concept of being very much in the head of front-man 2-D clearly shows and helps to push the album forward.

Best Tracks: Humility, Tranz, Lake Zurich

4. Humanz [2017]

I’m honestly surprised myself that “Humanz” made it this high in the list. When this record dropped in April of 2017, to say I was disappointed would be a dramatic understatement. I felt at the time that Albarn had leaned too heavily on the current ‘trap’ trend in pop music, and there weren’t that many innovations or creative ideas there. While I still don’t ‘love’ the album, I’ve come to appreciate some of the tracks here, like “Strobelite” and “She’s My Collar”. It still rubs me the wrong way that on a twenty-track album (twenty-six with the “Deluxe Edition”), that there is only ONE song without a feature (not including the ten second interludes). However if you switch your brain off and just try to vibe with the album and don’t think too much into it, “Humanz” is actually a decent release from the group.

Best Tracks: Strobelite, Andromeda, She’s My Collar

3. Gorillaz [2001]

Ah, the album that started it all. Gorillaz’ self-titled debut album is still an incredibly divisive record for mainstream audiences, but is beloved by fans. From it’s instantly recognisable album cover, to the all-familiar kick and crash cymbal intro to “Clint Eastwood,” the group’s first record was a massive success and contains some of their most popular songs to date. Fan-favourite “19-2000” still holds all of the charm that it initially captured and the heavily punk-influenced “5/4” truly kicks the album off full steam ahead. While divisive (even amongst fans), I think “M1 A1” is a really fun and experimental track that showcases how forward-thinking Albarn is. The band’s debut LP is without doubt a great album, however it’s two successors really shaped Gorillaz into what they are now.

Best Tracks: Clint Eastwood, Rock The House, M1 A1

2. Demon Days [2005]

Hot off the heels of the Gorillaz debut release, and Blur’s “Think Tank,” Albarn was ready to start writing for the Gorillaz movie. However, by the time he was ready to begin writing, the project had already been abandoned. Not one to put great ideas to waste, Albarn used some of the themes from the cancelled film for “Demon Days”. The album also has a different ‘feel’ to it as Dan Nakamura had been replaced by Danger Mouse as producer, giving the LP a darker tone. From the minimalistic “Last Living Souls” to the band’s most popular track “Feel Good Inc,” everything that Gorillaz had accomplished on their debut, was done bigger, darker and better for their sophomore release.

Best Tracks: Kids With Guns, Feel Good Inc, Dare

1. Plastic Beach [2010]

In 2010, five years after their previous album, Gorillaz released “Plastic Beach” to the world. It’s hard for me to say why this record is deserved of the number one spot, as all I want to say is ‘It’s perfect’. This album is full of features, yet it doesn’t have the issue that “Humanz” does of feeling forced and crammed in. The whole project flows cohesively and naturally, with every artist featured feeling as if they were chosen specifically for their respective song. From Snoop Dogg on the record’s intro “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach”, to Mos Def on the electronic “Stylo” to De La Soul and Gruff Rhys on the hip-hop heavy track “Superfast Jellyfish”. “Plastic Beach” also makes room for the slower, beautiful tracks like “Rhinestone Eyes,” “Empire Ants” and “On Melancholy Hill” which all seem to become even psychedelic at times. This album feels perfect and is a clear example of Gorillaz in their prime.

Best Tracks: Rhinestone Eyes, Superfast Jellyfish, On Melancholy Hill

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