HOSTILES

DAMON ALBARN, EV­ERY­DAY ROBOTS (2013)

Q (UK) - - Damon At 50 -

Cho­sen by: Tom Doyle, Q writer

Amid the re­flec­tive and con­fes­sional tones of Albarn’s de­but solo al­bum, Hostiles stood out for its ele­gant sad­ness and quiet des­per­a­tion. Like much of the record, there was some­thing of the hazy wa­ter­colour moods of Robert Wy­att about its semi-de­tached vo­cal and un­hur­ried melody, while its ar­cane lyric worked on two lev­els. On the sur­face a song about play­ing com­puter games, gun­ning down nameless “hostiles”, it was also, its writer ad­mit­ted, try­ing to cap­ture the dole­ful hours of a hang­over, with the hostiles of the ti­tle be­ing the in­tox­i­cants the singer had im­bibed and was now bat­tling. All in all, it was a thing of enor­mous beauty.

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