The hard-rock whiplash of “Song #2” and “Stylo” aside, a melancholy, particularly English wistfulness has always been Damon Albarn’s wheelhouse. So it’s starting that reviews of Everyday Robots uniformly fault the Blur/Gorillaz auteur for essentially being himself on his debut solo album, a collection of moody pastiche blues that’s nobody’s ideal of party-starting pop. Live or on wax, these are low-impact, wind-down grooves best experienced with a whiskey and water in hand.
Sun., June 8, 9:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 4, 2014