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Gorillaz Taking a Musical Road Trip With ‘The Fall’


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More details have emerged about the Christmas present music fans are most looking forward to: Gorillaz' new album "The Fall" (and not "October"), which will be distributed as a free download to members of the animated band's fan club (and promptly illegally distributed to non-members of the band's fan club) on December 25th. As frontman Damon Albarn has previously mentioned in interviews, "The Fall" was written in hotel rooms as Gorillaz toured North America. "I literally wrote everything on the day in each place and there's a strange sort of sound of America and its musical traditions that comes through," Albarn says. "It feels like a journey through America."

"The Fall" track list reads like a road atlas with titles from "Phoner in Arizona" to "Detroit" to "The Snake in Dallas" to "California and the Slipping of the Sun." Sounds pretty awesome, but Gorillaz aren't the first artists to take a melodious road trip through the United States and the many music genres of the land. Twenty years ago, experimental U.K. acid house band the KLF took a similar musical odyssey across the American landscape with their album "Chill Out," which like "The Fall" has points-on-the-map song titles like "Six Hours to Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold," "The Lights of Baton Rouge Pass By," and "Dream Time in Lake Jackson." That album is one of our favorites of the early '90s, and we'd wager Albarn has listened to this album at least a few times, so we're betting the Gorillaz raise the bar.

"The Fall" track list and a quick 18-second snippet of "Phoner to Arizona" to hold you over until December 25th:

"The Fall"
1. "Phoner To Arizona"
2. "Revolving Doors"
3. "HillBilly Man"
4. "Detroit"
5. "Shy-town"
6. "Little Pink Plastic Bags"
7. "The Joplin Spider"
8. "The Parish of Space Dust"
9. "The Snake In Dallas"
10. "Amarillo"
11. "The Speak It Mountains"
12. "Aspen Forest"
13. "Bobby In Phoenix"
14. "California And The Slipping Of The Sun"
15. "Seattle Yodel"

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