Boomkat Product Review:
Co-created by Gorillaz conspirators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, Monkey: Journey To The West is an interpretation of a 16th century Chinese novel by Wu Cheng'en. You may have noticed the BBC's coverage of the Olympics having adapted the project (which incidentally, was premiered at last year's Manchester International Festival), and the release of this CD comes at a particularly fortuitous time from a marketing man's point of view. While the lyrics maintain a connection to the original Chinese text, the music fuses traditional instrumentation with modern, western production styles and flamboyant electronics. On top of all this though there's a real sense of scope and the choirs, orchestras and soloists all bring home the grandness of the project's scale, and against all odds, it actually sounds pretty great on record too. Very highly recommended.