In my previous post, I said that I was planning to do this, but then opted not to because Metacritic already had that covered. But I decided today that I would do one anyway, because chances are no one actually read that article and it’s a fairly solid idea.
Albarn himself has been a pretty big figure in English music since the early 90’s, when he fronted the Britpop band Blur. (The guys that did that Woo Hoo! song.) After they broke up in the early 2000s, Albarn went to make the world’s first virtual band, Gorillaz, which, suffice to say, was pretty successful. He’s done a million little side projects along the way, from a unnamed supergroup that released an album called The Good, The Bad, and the Queen to producing Mali band Amadou and Mariam and writing a Chinese Opera. And, surprisingly it’s all pretty exceptional work. Blur’s still got a huge fanbase, Gorillaz just released their third album, and if I recall, the opera went over pretty well.
Here’s some songs I like from his various projects, in chronological order.