Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez (2020)

Reason for Listening:
I've heard and enjoyed their earlier work. I figured I give their new release a listen.

Released 20201023.
11 songs. 42:53. Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez (2020)
11 & 6 songs. 42:53 & 22:08. Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez (Deluxe) (2020)
11 & 6+1 songs. 42:53 & 22:08+02:43. Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez (Deluxe) (Japan) (2020)
First listen. Deluxe.
Didn't rate all songs.
Second listen. Deluxe.
Moved "Dead Butterfiles" from a "0" to a "1". Some of the notes makes it close to the tune of "Just a Friend"

Songs in bold are the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition. 3: "The Valley of the Pagans" (ft. Beck);
2: "Strange Timez" (ft. Robert Smith); "The Lost Chord" (ft. Leee John); "Pac-Man" (ft. ScHoolboy Q); "Severed Head" (ft. Goldlink and Unknown Mortal Orchestra); "With Love to an Ex" (ft. Moonchild Sanelly); "MLS" (ft. JPEGMAFIA and CHAI);
1: "Chalk Tablet Towers" (ft. St Vincent); "Aries" (ft. Peter Hook and Georgia); "Dead Butterflies" (ft. Kano and Roxani Arias); "Desole" (ft. Fatoumata Diawara); "Momentary Bliss" (ft. slowthai and Slaves); "How Far?" (ft. Tony Allen and Skepta);
0: "The Pink Phantom" (ft. Elton John and 6LACK); "Friday 13th" (ft. Octavian); "Opium" (ft. EARTHGANG); "Simplicity" (ft. Joan As Police Woman);

Overall, I found Song Machine to be a surprisingly good album. I suppose I had high expectations going into it, and I had my doubts as I listened to the first couple of tracks. The songs were much different from the songs I previously associated with Gorillaz, but at the end of the day I was pleased with the majority of the tracks. I should note, however, that I did not realized I was listening to the deluxe edition until the time of writing this summary paragraph.

Overall Rating (Standard): 4.6/5
Favorite Song: "The Valley of the Pagans"

Billboard 200
Peak Date: 20201106 | Peak Position: 12 | Weeks on Chart: 3
Billboard Listing: Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez - Gorillaz - [above album cover]

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