Album review: Gorillaz - The Singles Collection 2001-2011

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s modish animated sonic adventurers wrap it all up with the most outdated of concepts - the singles collection.

The very idea of a singles collection seems nothing if not a retrograde step for a forward-looking, quasi-animated group whose genesis hoped to usher a revolutionary, multi-media landscape into the post-Millennial music scene.

But overlooking everyone’s stubborn refusal to follow suit, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz still racked up worldwide sales in the millions - for good reason.

This collection is no admission of defeat, either. Even the early singles 19-2000 and the loping, slouched-yet-sharp Clint Eastwood sound modish yet timeless.

The urban-pop soul of On Melancholy Hill and Dirty Harry have longevity far beyond the Gorillaz schtick, too.

But as big fans will already own the lot, and casual fans will have their favourites cherry-picked, it’s unclear quite who’s left to buy this.

3 stars