GORILLAZ: Hallelujah Money

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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by Sledge Hammer » 19 Jan 2017, 20:51

tom_cas1 wrote:
rich wrote:...and great to have something to talk about!
THAT I can agree on! :lol: Whether or not we like or dislike the song it's nice to have something to talk about again.
Tom don't cave in though, it's god awful that's a fact, I was so excited when it came on Twitter, put it on the speakers at work and wish I hadn't, everyone's shouting turn that rubbish off, hated to admit it was Gorillaz new one..

Most on here would defend Damon for any new track he made, even if it was 3 minutes of him banging random dulux paint tins.
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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by tom_cas1 » 19 Jan 2017, 20:53

I've tried listening to it more tonight but I can't get through it so no chance of me caving. :lol:
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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by Caitlin » 19 Jan 2017, 20:58

Sledge Hammer wrote:...even if it was 3 minutes of him banging random dulux paint tins.
Gee Sledge, how insulting - I can't believe you think we'd be so easy...

I would only like it if he was banging a mixture of two thirds empty blue Dulux paint tins. I don't just like any old shit that he records. :roll:
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Post by Consigliere_11 » 19 Jan 2017, 21:15

I just came from the party to see that there is a new song from Gorillaz with Benjamin Clementine (awesome singer in his own right) - it was downright boring. I don't know, maybe I'll like it after a couple more listens, but right now it feels weak
I saw that it was not the first single in the feed before hearing the song, but I thought that way from the beginning - I don't thing that Damon lost his touch that much and would put this as the first single from the future LP. I think it might be like a bonus track or a part of whatever-sides it might be in the future.
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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by Vern » 19 Jan 2017, 21:24

Awful. 4/10.

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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by AstronomyD81 » 19 Jan 2017, 21:50

Sledge Hammer wrote:
tom_cas1 wrote:
rich wrote:...and great to have something to talk about!
THAT I can agree on! :lol: Whether or not we like or dislike the song it's nice to have something to talk about again.
Tom don't cave in though, it's god awful that's a fact, I was so excited when it came on Twitter, put it on the speakers at work and wish I hadn't, everyone's shouting turn that rubbish off, hated to admit it was Gorillaz new one..

Most on here would defend Damon for any new track he made, even if it was 3 minutes of him banging random dulux paint tins.
Not my case..I'm not even a Gorillaz fan myself, but if I like the song I like the song not because is Damon...
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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by AdvertBreak » 19 Jan 2017, 23:14

I recon it's gonna grow on people, including some folk here. I mean that's not to say it will, but you're dealing with 5 years of anticipation here so I have no surprise some are disappointed. To the point of calling it awful tho? Hmm. I'm not sure quite what is awful about it? The only real criticism I can find is that it isn't particularly hooky, but that doesn't bother me.

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Post by davidsutter » 20 Jan 2017, 00:08

this is one of the most 'out there' things gorillaz have done
like in terms of experimentation

the vibe is dark and heavy but with this weird facade of hope over it
the drum pattern is so off kilter, the tonalities are weird
the singer has a strange voice but i like it

that's my whole review actually
strange as shit but i like it

with the subject matter and general vibe of the thing i can see why they waited to release it
i hope they have something more conventional to be 'the hit' later on though

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Post by metalhipslop » 20 Jan 2017, 00:38

probably the most massive attack style they sound since probably... ever.. dark trip hop to me but at the same time joyous
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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by rich » 20 Jan 2017, 01:51

from the official release blurb...

"Maybe it takes a band based on virtual characters to remind us of the important, precious nature of our humanity — because that’s exactly what the Gorillaz new song “Hallelujah Money” does. On the eve of America’s inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, a candidate who has stirred a remarkable amount of protest to say the least, Gorillaz have returned with a new video that interrogates the relationship between power, corruption and compassion in the wake of this undeniably historical moment.

Gorillaz co-founders Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have been working on a return to the world stage with the band, and a new album is on the horizon, but today’s release “Hallelujah Money,” which features Benjamin Clementine, is a timely precursor to that record, which comes later in the year. It’s a musical statement to capture a moment in time, to question the impact of Trump’s inauguration and to mourn the prioritization of power and greed in our current world. Still, it’s the first new music from the band in six years, since the release of their 2011 record The Fall.

Protests against Trump have risen out of his clear business conflicts which he refuses to set aside during the term of his presidency, lewd, sexist behavior and comments toward women, immigration policies that are marked by stereotypical and xenophobic language, and tacit acceptance of the support of white supremacist factions within the US.

If there was ever a time for a call to interrogate the prevalence of prejudice and corruption, it is now, and the new Gorillaz track uses vivid apocalyptic and allegoric imagery to comment on the situation — and goes further with chilling, twisted lyrics such as “love is the root of all evil.” It is both a commentary on America and the rest of the world.

Continuing their tradition of collaborating with other artists, “Hallelujah Money” features the incredibly rich vocals of Mercury Prize winner Clementine, an English composer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist who is truly the star of the video as well. He is a force in his own right, and was honored in 2016 by The New York Times as one of twenty-eight geniuses who defined culture last year. Clementine plays with vibrato in a powerful way in his vocals on the track, conveying a measure of gravity and emotion that this moment requires.

In the clip, Clementine stands in the gold-plated elevator of Trump Tower, delivering his pronouncement of disappointment in front of a flickering screen that flashes through other landmark moments. The images behind him cut from native dancers in Africa, to the La Candelaria brotherhood in Spain, drawing throughlines from various cultures and tribes, until an appearance from the familiar silhouette of 2D crops up at the end. Clementine delivers each line with precision and grace, conveying the severity of his words even as the final scenes dissolve into an explosion of silly cartoon footage. How else could a Gorillaz video this serious conclude, except with a little levity?

It’s a bold return from a band whose reemergence has been long-awaited, and you can watch the video above exclusively through Uproxx, as we have partnered with the band to highlight their perspective on this political moment. It was directed by Giorgio Testi and the Gorillaz, and
edited by Sebastian Monk. Watch above and look for more from Gorillaz in the coming months."

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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by UnderThePuritan » 20 Jan 2017, 03:39

I'm lukewarm on the song as of now, but I think it'll be a grower.

I just want to hear more Damon on all the Gorillaz tracks though. Hopefully there's not as much guests on this album, Plastic Beach was a bit muddled and disorienting IMO because of how many different artists they had!
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Post by northernmonkey » 20 Jan 2017, 11:44

I am so glad this came after TMW as if a new Blur album had been shelved for this, I would not have been happy, although I still have high hopes for Gorillaz and now I have had my Blur fix, I am very happy for Damon to now give his time to Gorillaz. Not sure if this song will be a grower tho.....

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Post by rich » 20 Jan 2017, 12:24

I've listened to it properly (ie on good headphones) a few times now - it's delightfully weird and trippy :)

Love the twisted lyrics...
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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by tom_cas1 » 20 Jan 2017, 12:46

It's a shame that Damon felt the need to have a guest vocalist on the song. I hadn't heard of Clementine before and I really don't like his way of singing. Really odd to my ears, sounds unnatural. Awful.
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Re: Gorillaz - Phase 4: NEW SONG "Hallelujah Money"

Post by rich » 20 Jan 2017, 15:50

tom_cas1 wrote:It's a shame that Damon felt the need to have a guest vocalist on the song
er - I think you've missed the point of gorillaz, Tom :roll: ;)

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