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Let's talk about virtual bands. Most of them, it would seem, are viewed as more of a novelty than something that can be taken seriously. Originally, the most successful virtual band out there was probably Alvin & the Chipmunks, but it doesn't take long to realize they're less endearing and more obnoxious (seriously, was anyone really asking for a new Chipmunks cartoon?).

And then Gorillaz happened. Suddenly, there was a virtual band out there being treated as legitimate. And it was wonderful. While there was a brief bump in the road due to Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett temporarily falling out, to every fan's immense relief, they patched things up. And now, in preparation for the upcoming fifth Gorillaz album, "Humanz," they give us this.

It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Gorillaz being an animated band didn't automatically make them suitable for kids. Of course, the fact that Murdoc is not afraid to display his (thankfully pixelated) genitals might have also been a dead giveaway. But once you get past that, you can see a huge advantage a virtual band has over a real band: a large amount of artistic freedom. 

Also, for the fans who know the lore of the band members themselves, it's nice to note that as Phase 3 ends and Phase 4 begins, the band itself seems to be in a much better place. During "Plastic Beach," there was always a feeling of dread, or desperation, or just wanting to give up because there's no point. Here, while there's still the experimental style, thought-provoking lyrics, and black humor that Gorillaz are known for, there doesn't feel like there's a black cloud hanging over the band anymore. Instead, they're all back together, none of them are in any danger, and they're able to focus on what they do best: music.

If this video alone is able to reinvigorate my interest in Gorillaz, something that wasn't happening since "Plastic Beach," then I expect that "Humanz" is going to provide plenty to think about, at the very least. And while I don't expect the mainstream to take notice of Gorillaz or their music, at the same time, if that doesn't happen, I will not be amused.

Gorillaz (c) Damon Albarn & Jamie Hewlett
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After years of massive status quo changes that aren't too desirable, the old Gorillaz is back.

One of the things that I like the most about Gorillaz is how Noodle develops. She, unlike Ash Ketchum, grows up to the point where she's at an age where she can appropriately join the Gorillaz adventures. Also, pretty great to see Russel speaking again.

Also, if you know something about Gorillaz, then you might know that 2D is definitely done with Gorillaz. However, the reason why he goes back to his normal status quo is because PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ELSE in his life is so bad, he can't move to other directions. There's really no better life 2D can be now other than being with Gorillaz. Thus, he goes back from a realistic man to being a wide idealist like he was before.
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