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Fliter: Albarn’s New Project More ‘Good’ than ‘Bad’

Fliter: Albarn's New Project More 'Good' than 'Bad'

Between Gorillaz, Mali Music, and revisiting old Blur classics, it seems that U.K. musical genius Damon Albarn can do no wrong. That’s why his latest band/supergroup, The Good, the Bad, and the Queen, has music fans eager for more gold. And, according to an early review by Filter magazine, this may in fact be what we’re gonna get. The magazine has given the band’s self-titled debut album (due in the U.K. January 22 and one day later in the States) an 87% rating. With production assistance by 2006 wunderkind Danger Mouse, could this be the Gnarls Barkley of 2007? Or, will it just be enough to satisfy Blur die-hards (like myself) who pray that band would make records again? Who knows… but here are some encouraging words from Filter:

What we’ve got here is chill-out folk music for the modern set. It’s a happily ramshackle affair, stumbling along with the charm of a post-martini lunch drunkard. Even more laid back than Damon’s cartoon antiheroes, the songs are less about structure and more about hanging out and letting you take what you will from them…

…Like his simian alter-egos did so eloquently on Demon Days, Albarn once again excels at tarting up sadness in the guise of pop. “Herculean” ends on the line “The wind keeps singing ‘It’s not too late for you,’” a despondent image made all the more poignant by its simplicity. The eloquent expression of melancholy has always been one of Albarn’s strongest emotional suits and he doesn’t fail us here, cleverly melding his despondency to music that will encourage you to sink deeper into your couch.

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