Earlier this year, Gorillaz released Plastic Beach, which is only the band’s third studio album since their 2001 self-titled debut. And with the band set to play a full Live on Letterman webcast next week (Thursday, October 7), our curiosity was piqued. Did the album hold up to its predecessors? What did the critics have to say about Plastic Beach?
According to our friends at Metacritic, Plastic Beach earned a Metascore of 77 out of 100, which is based on nearly three-dozen critical reviews–the vast majority of which were overwhelmingly positive.
Five of the 34 critical reviews cited gave Plastic Beach a score of 100 (impressive!), including BBC Music, which called it “sprawling, daring, innovative, surprising, muddled and magnificent…not just one of the best records of 2010, but a release to stand alongside the greatest Albarn’s ever been involved with and a new benchmark for collaborative music as a whole.” Whew!
Billboard said the album is “more than happy to engage the pop mainstream, yet experimental enough to satisfy the hipsters,” and even Pitchfork gave it a thumbs up, saying, “Joke’s over, Gorillaz are real,” and calling Plastic Beach “the group’s most affecting and uniquely inviting album.”
Read all reviews (critics and users) on Metacritic.
Gorillaz will perform a Live on Letterman full-concert webcast on Thursday, October 7 at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific). Read more about this one-of-a-kind concert from the world’s biggest ‘virtual band,’ then tune into CBS.com on Oct. 7 to watch the show as it happens!