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Everyday Robots is the debut solo studio album by British musician Damon Albarn, best known as the frontman of Blur and Gorillaz. Described by Albarn as his “most personal record”, the album was co-produced by Richard Russell and released on 25 April 2014. It features guest contributions from musician and producer Brian Eno, singer Natasha Khan and the Leytonstone City Mission Choir. It was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize for best album. The album produced five singles: “Everyday Robots”, “Lonely Press Play”, “Hollow Ponds”, US-only release “Mr Tembo”, and “Heavy Seas of Love”. Everyday Robots received positive reviews from music critics, and debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart.
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Everyday Robots received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 36 reviews, which indicates “generally favourable reviews.” Rob Fitzpatrick at Q magazine said that the album is up there with his best. “As anyone who's ever interviewed Damon Albarn will tell you, he's an endlessly interesting chap. Try and get too close and personal, though, and he'll leave you in silence. However Everyday Robots is more personal than any of his other work, even more so than his early Blur days. 'Hollow Ponds' is a gloriously lazy lament where horses and passing trade 'reveal a pentangle', where 'dreams are shared on LCDs', and reveals more about Blur's second studio album Modern Life is Rubbish.” Fitzpatrick also revealed the extent of the contributions that Brian Eno made to the record, after his appearance on both “Heavy Seas of Love” and “You and Me”. He named songs like “You and Me” and “The Selfish Giant” as quietly introverted and exploring new depths of his songwriting, he also cited songs “Lonely Press Play”, “Heavy Seas of Love” and “Hollow Ponds” as standouts from the album and gave the album a very high four star review. Andy Gill of Uncut magazine wrote that the album's use of samples from Lord Buckley and Timothy Leary were some of the finer points of the album and praised producer, Richard Russell for his work on the album. He also mentioned the song “Photographs (You Are Taking Now)”, as having “...particularly resonant lines...”. Talking of the influences on the record, he spoke about how Albarn's track “The Selfish Giant”, takes particular influence from Keith Jarrett. He also spoke about the “bubbiling sing-along 'Mr. Tembo'” as being a highlight of the record as well. “The History of a Cheating Heart” also vindicated the “...brave vulnerability characteristic of what is a predominantly melancholy album”. In summary he wrote: “For the most part here, however, Everyday Robots is a less ebullient, more intimate and reflective affair, as befits the tentative revelation of a man's soul.” In Clash magazine's review of the album, Gareth James wrote: “What Everyday Robots is, however, is a subtle, textured patchwork covering Damon Albarn's 45 years to date, with lyrics capturing snapshots of his childhood in Leytonstone through to a song he made up for a baby elephant he met in Tanzania. Albarn opted to put himself in the solo spotlight and leave his friend (Richard Russell) behind the desk. Russell's signature stripped-back sound is all over Everyday Robots, but it serves the songs well. Little touches like the piano motif from the title track reappearing at the end of album-closing Brian Eno collaboration 'Heavy Seas of Love', or the gradual hastening of the beat at the end of 'Lonely Press Play' to cue in 'Mr. Tembo', are a delight. The phrase 'slow-burner' is tossed around rather carelessly, but Everyday Robots is a definite contender. Weeks on from the first listen, it feels like it's always been there. It doesn't burn out so much as creep up and these songs offer yet another new guise for a remarkable talent.” Fiona Shepard of The Scotsman gave the album three out of five stars. In her review she mentioned that lyrically it is just as good if not better than, Gorillaz' “On Melancholy Hill” and Rocket Juice & the Moon's “Poison”. She also said: “Everyday Robots may be too consistently low-key for the Blur massive, but it is an exquisitely pitched solo flight from a self-confessed serial collaborator.” Andy Gill of The Independent gave the album a 4 out of 5 star review praising the use of Lord Buckley samples on tracks like “Everyday Robots” and “Mr Tembo”. He compared Albarn's song-writing to that of rock legend Ray Davies and said: “It's a rare moment of extrovert cheer on an intimate, introspective album that takes tentative steps to reveal the soul behind the star.” And recommended that songs like “Everyday Robots”, “The History of a Cheating Heart”, “Mr Tembo” and “Hollow Ponds” were the standouts of the record as a whole. Larry Day of musicOMH gave the album four and a half stars out of five. Day wrote: “Everyday Robots is a multi-layered record, much like an aural pavlova, with gooey dollops of bittersweet, outright sweet, darkly morose and wistful reflection. It’s rather strange tasting pavlova however, squishing sour pain with halcyon nostalgia.” Though Day also pointed out his favourite tracks on the record as well: “'The Selfish Giant', featuring Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan's dulcet pipes, is home to romantic-era piano motifs and glitchy beats. It's a kind of bare bones dance ballad, with bolshy pulses and simple-yet-sublime melodies. The Brian Eno and The Leytonstone Mission Choir-featuring 'Heavy Seas of Love' is perhaps the grandest cut on the record, with rickety percussion and illustrious piano embellishments.” Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone gave a very positive review, citing Albarn's ability to produce and write melancholic music as one of the album's standout features. Dolan wrote: “Albarn is an avid collaborator who has worked with greats like Bobby Womack and Lou Reed. But his pals stay low-key here. Producer Richard Russell sculpts alluring atmospheric beats; Bat for Lashes singer Natasha Khan lends a faint harmony to the fragile relationship autopsy 'The Selfish Giant'; Brian Eno adds synths to 'You and Me' and vocals to the woozy chanty 'Heavy Seas of Love'. The results can often recall Seventies Eno at his most meditative and Village Green-era Ray Davies at his most world-sick more than Gorillaz's bounce or Blur's guitar buzz.” Chris Schulz of The New Zealand Herald, was a little more critical of the album, writing: “'The hours pass by, just left on repeat,' he mourns on the shuffling broodiness of 'Hostiles'. 'I had a dream you were leaving ... when every atom in the universe is passing through our lives,' he mumbles grumpily on 'The Selfish Giant'. And he saves his biggest mopes for The History of a Cheating Heart, when he complains: 'I carry this on my back.' No wonder Albarn looks so hangdog on the album's cover. But Everyday Robots also comes with moments that are strangely addictive: 'Photographs (You Are Taking Now)' slow-motion throb sounds like something The xx would happily dance to, the title track combines a horror movie atmosphere with genuinely heartfelt lyrics, 'Lonely Press Play' sounds like a Gorillaz outtake that's just missing a De La Soul verse to elevate it to greatness, while the chirpy instrumentals 'Parakeet' and 'Seven High' deserve more exploration.” He gave the album three out of five stars and concluded by saying: “He's either a sad man trying to release a happy album, or a happy man trying to release a sad one. Either way, it seems Albarn's tried on so many hats, he might have forgotten which one's his own.” Andrzej Lukowski of Drowned in Sound wrote: “Everyday Robots is a lovely record, and in its lack of duds or whimsical twattery it’s probably one of most consistent things Albarn has ever put his name to. That doesn't make it the best, though: it doesn't take risks – not by Albarn’s standards, anyway – and in the most literal sense it's not all that exciting. But if its prettiness is conventional, if it gives us what we expect, then you know, you’ll listen to this a damn sight more than the Rocket Juice & the Moon album. Damon Albarn is at his best exploring pastures new, but that doesn't make this wordy wise stocktake of a record any less of a pleasure.” He also praised the album's track “You and Me” saying: "Much has been made of how personal the record is, but there's nothing searing as Blur's rawest moments – the abiding sensation is one of intense intimacy. Shuffling seven-minute centrepiece “You and Me” contains a sleepy allusion to his past heroin use (“Tin foil and a lighter, the ship across”), but really it's just an honest allusion from a man done with being coy – it's not a song 'about' heroin like “Beetlebum” was, and for all the media fuss the line has generated, nobody actually listening to the song is likely to be shocked." Alex Petridis of The Guardian wrote: “Beautiful, but subtle, cloudy and elusive, Everyday Robots certainly isn't the album it's purported to be. You come out of the other side not much the wiser about the man behind it. Never mind: the music is good enough that a lack of revelation doesn't really seem to matter while Everyday Robots is playing. Whoever Damon Albarn is, he's extremely good at what he does.”
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