‘No other current major British artist would do this, and with good reason. In the unlikely event that Albarn’s old adversary Noel Gallagher was to release a journal of no-fi demos recorded in hotel rooms, you suspect he would have to customise his limited-edition, 10-inch gatefold sleeve by stapling twenty-pound notes to it before anyone would be enticed into buying one.
‘However, as Think Tank, Mali Music and Gorillaz proved, Albarn is a unique figure in the premier league of British rock: his work invites the adjective ‘unpredictable’. These days, even Radiohead seem to have settled into a routine style (albeit one with outre influences), but it remains cheeringly impossible to predict what Albarn’s next album project will sound like. As such, a glimpse into his songwriting process should be greeted with interest…
‘It is occasionally brilliant and frequently irritating beyond belief. It is packed with interesting ideas…’
Guardian, CD Of The Week