Five of My Top Played Tracks from 2010

I love Last.fm. It’s a music tracking site wherein users’ songs are “scrobbled” as they play them. Basically, you download a small app that sends an update to the Last.fm servers whenever you play a song. The site tracks things like the number of times you listen to a particular artist or song. Since 2011 just started, I thought I’d look back on 2010 and see my top played tracks. More »

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

For whatever reason, I was never really a huge fan of the Gorillaz. Growing up, I’d heard their singles on the radio, and appreciated their singles. But I had tried to listen to their self-titled debut album, and could never get into it. Nine years later, they come out with Plastic Beach, so I downloaded the album to give them another shot. It’s definitely a new direction for them, it feels like a lot more influence came from the outside. Indeed, the majority of the tracks have some kind of “featuring” addition to it. Personally, my favorite tracks are “Rhinestone Eyes”, “On Melancholy Hill”, and “Plastic Beach” — the first two not featuring any outside artists. That’s not to say that their other tracks are bad, it’s just that there is such a shift between their old sound and their new sound that it takes a few listens to get accustomed to. Regardless, everything works coherently in the complete album, and that’s what matters.

With the advent of Plastic Beach, I decided to go back and give their previous two albums another go. I must have had my head under a rock, because Demon Days is such a fantastic album.