Go­ril­laz

The Washington Post Sunday - - BOOK WORLD -

If the Archies proved that car­toons could be a band, Go­ril­laz proved that a band could be car­toons. Comic book artist Jamie Hewlett sketched the char­ac­ters and Da­mon Al­barn of Blur wrote the songs, and to­day, Go­ril­laz stands as the most suc­cess­ful “vir­tual band” of the 21st cen­tury. But mu­si­cally, af­ter five well-re­garded al­bums, the project seems to pri­mar­ily ex­ist as a plat­form for Al­barn to scratch his col­lab­o­ra­tive itches — the band has worked with ev­ery­one from Vince Sta­ples to Mavis Sta­ples. Why does that re­quire Al­barn to pre­tend he’s a car­toon? (See for your­self when Go­ril­laz per­form at Mer­ri­weather Post Pav­il­ion on Mon­day.)

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