As Albarn has explained, Humanz was born from an idea that the world was about to collapse based on one life-altering event. Obviously such a thing happened, making the gravitas all the more effective, but Gorillaz know how to write the "we're all doomed" narrative and make it fun. "Hallelujah Money" is a direct commentary on Trump paranoia, but it's also strangely empowering, thanks to a gospel choir and Benjamin Clementine echoing a "hallelujah."
Listen for the collaborations and you'll hear regulars De La Soul hype up the effervescent "Momentz," Kelela push "Submission" into a slinky R&B jam that includes Danny Brown going off, Grace Jones dominate Albarn on the hypnotic "Charger," and Mavis Staples wail the chorus to the Pusha T-led "Let Me Out." The list goes on and on until "We Got the Power" where Savages' Jehnny Beth and Noel Gallagher's buried guitar leads end things on a hopeful note.
Humanz might just be Albarn's greatest achievement yet with Gorillaz. Although it lacks the kind of Apple-friendly jingles that have made them such a smash, it makes up for it with palatably overarching political themes and sequencing that gives it the wildly entertaining feel of a circus show. (Parlophone)