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|Gorillaz Demon Days Live|
Director: David Barnard
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Gorillaz, the world's biggest two-dimensional band, performed LIVE at the Manchester Opera House November 1st through 5th, 2005. Guest musicians included De La Soul, Shaun Ryder from Happy Mondays, and UK hip hop artist R... more »
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Extremely cool; check it out
Clare Quilty | a little pad in hawaii | 12/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this because I like Gorillaz, but I wasn't expecting much.
I'd heard the musicians performed behind and/or beneath a screen onto which the animated band is seen playing which ... didn't sound particularly interesting to me.
What this actually is is a multimedia performance, with movies and images projected onscreen in front of an audience while Albarn and other musicians -- a string section, a children's choir, various vocalists -- crank out the songs from the album "Demon Days" with what seems to be extreme enthusiasm.
Another reviewer complained about the post-production and I can understand where he's coming from -- the performance is edited and chopped up with split-screens, montages, stutters, stop-motion illustration -- but, for me, it worked.
In terms of energy and creativity, I would call this a sharp, distant younger cousin to "Stop Making Sense." I'm not saying it's as good as "Stop Making Sense," but it's in a similar vein and it's a concert film that made me wish I'd been there to see it live. Since I wasn't, though, I can (and do) have tendency to put this on and crank it up to about 8 on my sound system."
Demonic Possession A Must
The Wasp | Australia | 04/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A pop masterpiece that crosses genres and demographics, second Gorillaz album Demon Days remains a chart favourite almost a year on from its release. At the only Gorillaz live shows to date, Manchester fans were treated to a spellbinding production that brought together most of the album's guests artists (Ike Turner, De La Soul, Martina Topley-Bird and many more) for a colourful production on a grand scale. Letting the guests and the visuals take centre stage, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn remains in the shadows with the live band and even refuses a credit on the DVD sleeve, yet the Blur frontman remains the chief conduit through which the vast range of Gorillaz rhythms flow. A little over an hour in length, with an encore capped off by lesser-known Gorillaz songs Hong Kong and Latin Simone, highlights include reclusive Neneh Cherry's appearance on Kids With Guns, the rough and syncopated sounds of Shaun Ryder (more interested in struggling to get a fag out of his pocket than singing his vocals on Dare) and the choral finale of Don't Get Lost In Heaven. With an additional option of watching the Jamie Hewlett visuals separate from the show and great sound recording throughout, Demon Days Live proves that a concert by a cartoon band is no longer an oxymoron."
Charity | Texas | 04/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is great! The show was awesome and had great sound, video, ect. Definitely worth the money. (It has an awesome case too. The booklet inside has a picture of the stained glass visualization in "Demon Days", very nice.)"
The genius of Albarn
jsdc | Boston, MA USA | 12/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is spectacular on several levels; first, it's a visual treat. You can either watch the live performance and listen, or listen in the context of the superb graphics we associate with gorillaz. Second, Albarn, as a characteristic silhouette, anchors all the performances, and his brilliant integration of performance rock, choral and classical strings forms a musical (and melodic) extravaganza allowing numerous guest performers to shine. Several performances stand out: De La Soul's rap contribution to "Feel Good Inc." forms a perfect contrast to the melody. Neneh Cherry adds strength to "Kids with Guns". The stand-out performer, however, is Rosie Wilson, a relatively anonymous session singer, whose performance on "Dare" has led me to view and listen to this track again and again - her voice is absolutely captivating and radiates a pure happiness and vitality. On a further level, "White Light" amongst others capitalises on the participatory theme, lots of people are on stage all the time, urging you to jump up and join in the dancing. This is coupled with constant shots of the audience, the performers, the choir, enhancing the feeling that this is an interactive event rather than a presentation performance. Once again, the back silhouette of Albarn keeps the focus off him as the central star but has enough presence to keep the performance connected from beginning to end. He appears on open stage in the penultimate performance ("Hong Kong") after which the final song is performed by Ibrahim Ferrer, a fitting tribute to the Cuban and to the brilliance of "buena vista social club" which sharply reminded us that music has the power to move us without the visual trappings we expect in performances today. This live performance in Manchester keeps this feeling alive - even the slurred grunts of Shaun Ryder seem to neatly fit in place on "Dare". Just a pleasure to watch and listen ....."