Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach: better than I thought

You can listen to a stream of the entire forthcoming Gorillaz album Plastic Beach on the Guardian’s website this week or as a mixtape on Soundcloud.

Last week I mentioned that I was unconvinced by first songs I’d heard. But listening to the whole thing sounds better. It’s funky and dense. It fits together very well. It grows. It’s not sounding killer to me yet, but it’s better than I’d feared. Go listen.

You can also watch the video for “Stylo” now, below, and it’s pretty cool. I’m still not crazy about this song, though, or “Superfast Jellyfish”. But second listens were better than first listens. And “Empire Ants” is fantastic.