Album of the Day
While on tour supporting PLASTIC BEACH, Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn recorded the group's follow-up, THE FALL, on his iPad. “I literally made it on the road. I didn't write it before, I didn't prepare it,” noted the singer-songwriter. “I just did it day by day as a kind of diary of my experience in America.” If titles such as “Phoner to Arizona,” “The Snake in Dallas” and “Amarillo” trace the band's cross-country trek, the music strikes an experimental, impressionistic tone untethered to any one place. Though virtual member 2D takes the lead on most of these 15 tracks, the Parlophone collection features noteworthy guest turns from R&B great Bobby Womack and The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. Released 10 years ago this month, THE FALL reaffirms that Gorillaz are among the most creative groups in alternative rock.