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The Good, The Bad & The Queen

The Good, The Bad & The Queen

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   History Song   MP3 sample
  2   80's Life   MP3 sample
  3   Northern Whale   MP3 sample
  4   Kingdom of Doom   MP3 sample
  5   Herculean   MP3 sample
  6   Behind the Sun   MP3 sample
  7   Bunting Song   MP3 sample
  8   Nature Springs   MP3 sample
  9   Soldier's Tale   MP3 sample
  10   Three Changes   MP3 sample
  11   Green Fields   MP3 sample
  12   Good, The Bad & The Queen   MP3 sample

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Latest project from Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), but don't you dare call it a "super-group". Albarn is quick to sidestep that over-used tag, interestingly, claiming that this isn't even a band but a name for "anything this bunch get up to". Whatever he's calling it, it'd be hard to dream up a more super rhythm section than this; Tony Allen - the 66 year old Afrobeat pioneer best known for his work with Fela Kuti (and described by one Brian Eno as "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived") and The Clash's Paul Simonon - coaxed out of retirement to provide his patented dub-heavy bass. Former Verve guitarist Simon Tong rounds things out, adding atmospherics to the proceedings. Albarn once again enlists the help of Producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton (recently of Gnarls Barkley fame), after working with him on the last Gorillaz album, Demon Days. Danger Mouse sprinkles his magic over this already magical project, apparently telling Albarn "let's make a really great English record" – something they have more than succeeded in with The Good, The Bad & The Queen.
Apart from Albarn's distinctive voice, Simonon's dub-heavy bass is probably the most identifiable instrument here. From the opener 'History Song' and for the album's duration, his Rubbery-dub lines give the songs massive weight while propelling them forward. In conjunction with Tong's woozy keyboards and guitar this creates a unique and dreamy dub-pop illustrated no better than on the song 'Nature Springs'.
This album is being touted by Albarn as "natural successor to (Blur's landmark 1994 album) Parklife", but we'd go one step further and say this is quite possibly Albarn's best work to date and the long awaited Blur comeback album may indeed be an anticlimax after this! While his former rivals The Gallagher brothers have talked a lot but delivered very little, former Brit-pop pin-up boy Albarn has quietly and prolifically soldiered on and now, ultimately comes up with the goods. The Good, The Bad & The Queen, should finally see him getting the props he deserves. Also available as a limited bonus DVD edition. Highly Recommended.

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Artist: The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Album: The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Cat #: 3854792
Date: 23/01/2007
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Virgin Records Us
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Weeks
Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , Pop
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