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2010: 15 of the Best. #7 . . .

December 9, 2010

#7: Gorillaz – Some Kind of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)

From: Plastic Beach
Released: March 9, 2010
Label: Parlophone/Virgin
Buy it: Here.

That damned Damon Albarn. He has a way of making you like him, doesn’t he? Whether it’s resurrecting Shaun Ryder, employing half of the Clash in his touring group or continuing to find some annoyingly catchy hooks for a cartoon band, it’s never that easy to just ignore the smarmy little Colchester native. On the whole, I figure Plastic Beach is just about as uneven as any Gorillaz album, but when it’s good, it sure as hell is stick-in-your-head-for-months-on-end good. While “Rhinestone Eyes” has proved to be the best sounding track from the album when played live, the album’s best moment in itself is “Some Kind of Nature” which features a bedraggled little Lou Reed pontification on all kinds of somethings. It’s a midtempo little muse, but the Albarn-sung chorus is hooky as hell and all the little synth effects just sound fabulous. Curse you, Albarn. Try as I might to disavow you, you just make it continually impossible.

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