>Gorillaz Play Crystallized by The xx at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge


The Gorillaz covered Crystallized by The xx to an interesting effect. It’s very hard to recreate the sound The xx have sculpted in their wonderful debut, but the Gorillaz put forth a valiant effort and it turned out pretty cool. The vocals don’t work as well as in the original. Damon Albarn’s voice lacks the cherub and haunting quality of Romy Madley Croft. They also slowed the song down noticeably. If I had to choose one or the other, I’d choose The xx, but I’m not trying to knock the Gorillaz at all. They made a great attempt at covering the song, and it is good, it just doesn’t carry the same mood. Unfortunately for the Gorillaz, mood and atmosphere are two crucial components in the sound The xx have cultivated.

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