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Laika Come Home Enhanced, Import
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Tearing Through the Hype, the Gorillaz have Supposedly Employed Three Remixers to Give their Debut Album a Jamaican Old Skool 'dub' Stylin'. Hence, the Personae of the 'space Monkeyz'. Includes a Six Min. Dub of 'clint Eastwood', a De-punked Version of 'punk' and Guest Vocals Brought in for the Proceedings from Terry Hall (Specials, Fun Boy Three, Colourfield), Dancehall Vibes from U-brown and Earl 16. A Further Chapter to the Phenomenon of the Gorillaz Saga.
Sure, Gorillaz sounded original, but it was a pop project with all the constraints that went with it--can you imagine the six-minute remixed version of "Clint Eastwood" making it onto MTV? But that's exactly what makes Laika Come Home so good. It's a reimagined collection filled with bone-shaking dubscapes and enough reverb to transmit a message to the farthest edges of the universe. Listen to the "De-Punked" version of "Punk" with its meandering, decayed trumpet and computerized tweaks--hardly recognizable as the original--or the swinging old-school ska that crops ups on "5/4." The two-tone skank of "M1/A1" (with Terry Hall) sounds as if it should have been the original version, but the real killer tracks are those injected with dancehall vibes by DJ U Brown and Earl 16. Who says "you don't get paid for doing what you love?"--not Damon Albarn. --Caroline Butler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you prefered the pop/hip hop, up-beat feel of their debut album to the tracks with reggae/dub leanings, then run, run and hide!
Much like Tim Burton 're-imagined' Planet of the Apes, the Gorillaz debut has had it's bare bones removed and completely reworked, this time as a deep chill dub/reggae album, by a couple of guys calling themselves 'Space Monkeys'. Most of the songs are hardly recognisable, but who would want to buy the same album twice?
If I had found this within 12 months of getting the first album, I would have been annoyed and bitterly disappointed. Now, three years down the track, this is a surprise, a real gem and welcome listening.
Some of the feel from the debut has been completely inverted, like the fury of M1A1 converted to arms-in-the-air celebration and of course Punk is now De-Punked, while some of the spookier moments like Starshine and Soundcheck (Gravity) are dropped back to an almost X-Files torch waving creepiness.
On the whole this is a much more cohesive album, but with limited appeal to the public at large. You won't hear any of this on the radio.
I'd recommend this as great music at work (I'm in an art studio, so I guess that helps), a soundtrack to the comics of James Hewlitt or pumpin' at a back yard bar-be-que.
Let's just hope this collective project will realease some new music eventually.
Let's review the flaws, first:
1) Its the same songs, AGAIN.
2) Its nothing like the source material.
OK, downsides listed. Perfectly respectable downsides, yes, we all already own these songs once or twice. However, true to roots dub, that's sort of the point and its well represented here. And, since it is well represented here, its nothing like the original rock songs, its not even like the hiphop songs, its dub.
You get dub (real dub, not electronic thumpathumpa crap) when a producer would take the source material and manipulate it to create fresh music for the sound systems. Vocals out, lead insturments out, rhythm in. Up the bass, up the drums, and let it roll. Punch in a riff, punch in a word, then out again and run the whole thing through more reverb than you can shake a stick at. That's what you've got here. And its not just dub, but its fantastically well done dub. Its an album that's tuned for raving Gorillaz fans, dub fans, and ideally for people who are both. Or will become both.
This may not be the record for you, thankfully Amazon provides you with sound samples. Use them. What you hear is what you get, so stop whining about how much it sucks cause its the same songs over again or because its a style you don't like.
Some of the tracks fall flat, such as the lack of the spooky background voices in "New Genious". The real problems are mostly due to monotony and similarity within the tracks, most noticeably the first two, both of which go the reggae angle, almost identically. The only reggae track which doesn't overstay its welcome is the mix of the top single, "Clint Eastwood". Rasta's an everpresent theme throughout the album, but luckily, other tracks make up for the sins of the others.
"Banana Baby", a remix of "Tomorrow Comes Today", is the first great track of the album, beginning with a haunting and everlasting techno beat which can never seem to get enough steam, thankfully. "P45" offers the most energetic and perky Gorillaz track since the "19/2000" remix from the Ice Breakers commercial. "Dub 09" somehow manages to be even creepier than "starshine" the track from the self-titled cd from which it was mixed.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, the metaphorical steak dinner is the first cd, the self-titled, best selling tribute to 2-D, Noodle, Russel, and Murdoc. "Laika Comes Home" is a good cd, and while it isn't nearly as good as "Gorillaz", and probably not quite as good as "G-Sides", Gorillaz still prove their abilities. Listen to these two back to back, and when Gorillaz begins to add more menu items, you'll be sure to return for seconds.
Well, enter this disc, and ka-pow you have your gift from the dub gods of Jah. Bad dub, especially nowadays when the perpetrators are so far removed from the original sound, is easy to do. But this, THIS is great dub, done by professionals who clearly know what makes a great dub record. Listen to "De-Punked" (dub mix of Punk from the original) and TELL me these guys don't know what they're doing! It's cosmic. This disc is everything G-Sides SHOULDA been. From head-bobbing to downright head-thrashing, this disc WILL move you, guarandamnteed. I'm listening to it as I type, and the brass sections are just incredible.
It's funny how people compared the Gorillaz album to the Clash's ahead-of-its-time melting pot triple-album Sandinista, and now we have dub versions of the Gorillaz tracks, just like there were sides of Sandinista that were nothing but dub versions of the album's own songs. It's great! Honestly, if you have any prediliction towards dub reggae AT ALL, you need to hear this. It's like a time-machine and a future-transducer all in one 12-track package. Makes me happy. Long live the dub!!!!
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I first heard this album while in my friend's car. At the time, it sounded flat and, frankly, boring. The problem, as I later learned, was that I was listening to it in the car. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by afbg02
Let's face it, you can't really improve Gorillaz music... and why would you WANT to de-punk "Punk"? I wouldn't reccomend this if you're a fan of Gorillaz music.Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Jamie Von B
i cant recomend this album to any gorillaz fan, god you all so dam pickey you love your blur and your gorillaz but no love for the spacemonkeys. Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by yajdubuddah
I don;t like this cd at all. It is nothing compared to their other albums. So, never buy it! The only good songs are LIL DUB CHEFIN and FISTFUL OF PEANUTS. HORRIBLE!Published on Dec 31 2002 by fill
If you like dub and Gorillaz this CD is grate for you. I like this CD alot there was a couple of songs that wasn't that good but the the good songs like "Punk" "Clint Eastwood" and... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2002
I have read a handful of reviews now that have been not so fond of this CD. Well, I have to respond by asking, "what is it exactly that you are expecting from a Dub CD? Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2002
This album is basically a laid-back reggae version of the Gorillaz first self-titled album. Now I have both the other two Gorillaz albums (Gorillaz and G-sides) and I only liked... Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2002 by G. Oke
What can I say? I *loved* the debut album and G-sides had a few killer cuts, but this is just really bad. Unless you are a die-hard regaee fan, you should not get this. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002 by Brian Schmidt