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New Music Report: Gorillaz

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This week Rolling Stone's Daniel Kreps breaks down the Gorillaz's Plastic Beach in our New Music Report. Kreps admits he didn't immediately hear anything as instantly grabby as Demon Days' "DARE" or Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" on their new disc — the closest relation here is the single "Stylo," a catchy electro number that features Mos Def and Bobby Womack. But Plastic Beach is a real grower, and now he's convinced it's Damon Albarn's most impressive work since Blur's 13. With each listen, new highlights emerge, like the Think Tank-ish "Empire Ants" and his personal favorite, "To Binge," which features the Swedish group Little Dragon. Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, and members of the Clash and De La Soul all cameo on the disc, but the smaller artists — Little Dragon and U.K. rappers Bashy and Kano — make the biggest impact.

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