A decade-and-a-half-later, the multimedia project has released its fifth album, Humanz, a sprawling record so laden with guest artists that it’s difficult not to think of Gorillaz being renamed ‘Damon Albarn & Friends’. Seriously, there are 16 featured guest performers on the standard release’s 14 tracks (17 if you count Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn’s contribution to the interludes that punctuate the album), and 6 guests on the deluxe edition’s additional 5 songs. This musical expansionism is what led to a rift between Albarn and Hewlett leading to the project’s hiatus in 2012, so it’s odd to see so many artists involved with Humanz.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 13th May 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.