Plastic Beach

Release date
8 Mar 2010
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Orchestral Intro 1:44 280,320
2 Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach 3:44 258,210
3 White Flag 2:08 88,220
4 Rhinestone Eyes 3:19 395,197
5 Stylo 3:52 159,076
6 Superfast Jellyfish 2:58 300,537
7 Empire Ants 4:32 168,578
8 Glitter Freeze 5:56 190,812
9 Some Kind of Nature 4:59 100,077
10 On Melancholy Hill 3:28 545,209
11 Broken 3:16 301,119
12 Sweepstakes 3:44 67,580
13 Plastic Beach 3:50 88,016
14 To Binge 12:53 119,447
15 Cloud of Unknowing 5:13 66,654
16 Pirate Jet 2:31 259,466

About this album

Plastic Beach is the third studio album by English virtual band Gorillaz, released 3 March 2010 on Parlophone and Virgin Records. Conceived from an unfinished Gorillaz project called Carousel, the album was recorded during June 2008 to November 2009 and produced primarily by group co-creator Damon Albarn. It features guest appearances by several artists, including Snoop Dogg, Gruff Rhys, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Lou Reed, Mick Jones, and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Primarily a pop album, Plastic Beach contains lyrics concerning consumerism and ecology-related themes.

The album has produced three singles, “Stylo”, “Superfast Jellyfish”, and “On Melancholy Hill”.

Creators of Gorillaz, musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, began working on a new Gorillaz project in November 2007 called Carousel, which evolved into Plastic Beach, the group’s third studio album. In the November 2007 issue of Q, when asked what his top priority for 2008 was, Damon Albarn replied “Well, I’m doing the next Gorillaz thing, but it won’t be called Gorillaz.” In the February 2008 Gorillaz-Unofficial interview, Jamie Hewlett elaborated on this, saying “I think the idea behind it is that it’s like how The Who presented their movies – Tommy and Quadrophenia and so on. Those were presented as by ‘The Who’ even though none of the members of the band were in the movies. I don’t think anyone from The Who was in Quadrophenia. But it’s the same people working on it, that’s the principle.” In a July 2008 interview with The Observer he also said, “Gorillaz now to us is not like four animated characters any more — it’s more like an organisation of people doing new projects.

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  • k_naruchiha94

    Best Gorillaz album :3

    11 Jul 12:52pm Reply
  • niqart

    Empire Ants, To Binge, On Melancholy Hill, Stylo - real pearls!!!! Escpecially Empire Ants

    28 May 10:04pm Reply
  • cvn2nvc

    Plastic Beach is a masterpiece. I feel sorry for people who have not realized this.

    28 May 6:33am Reply
  • sanagi_4

    My favourite album by them!

    30 Mar 5:32am Reply
  • dangs12

    @sofi_stroke I think that Plastic Beach is more cohesive than the self titled

    27 Mar 10:46pm Reply
  • chocolategirl93

    One of my favorite albums ever

    11 Feb 5:42am Reply
  • sofi_stroke

    The only bad thing about it is its lack of cohesion. Great songs overall.

    5 Feb 3:14pm Reply
  • Surajkiin

    Grown on me so much over the past few years

    5 Feb 2:01pm Reply
  • Caltvala_Vanga


    28 Jan 12:45pm Reply
  • LUCE08

    Love it. Plastic Beach was great IMO.

    18 Jan 7:47pm Reply
  • russobushido

    Empire ants, fucking awsome music

    17 Jan 4:38am Reply
  • blackcordelias

    until i visited this page i had no idea so many people hated plastic beach. i think it's the best album gorillaz have put out.

    8 Jan 4:36pm Reply
  • Grimmoire

    Considering how good this album is overall, goddamn is Cloud of Unknowing a bad song.

    3 Jan 3:16pm Reply
  • CousinEarl

    I don't agree with all of the hate Plastic Beach is subjected to. It's different for sure, but it's not bad. I rather enjoy it. And besides, all bands have to progress and change, right?

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • XDRory

    I can never understand why people were disappointed by this to the extent that they were either. It may be different from the other two albums, but it still sounds the way only Gorillaz can. What more did people want?

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • renantim

    Some Kind of Nature <3

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • AlexD_D

    A good album but a kinda boring...

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • DerGrumbert

    Their first two albums are two of my favourites from any group but this just sounds wrong. I know next to nothing about electronica and hip-hop and trip-hop and all that but this album still manages to sound kind of 'generic' to me, which is quite an achievement considering I didn't have the foggiest idea of what a generic sounding Gorillaz album would sound like. Maybe it's the constant vocalist rotation, or because I'm generally not found of lots of electronic influence, or because it just seems too damn serious, but on the whole this just doesn't have that Gorillaz identity. Maybe it will get better after more listens, but at the moment - bleurgh :(

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • pingywings

    people were disappointed by this album? i never knew, seems very consistent to me, and it contains "empire ants" too aka: the best gorillaz song forever

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • Stokka

    This album is a mess

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
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