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The Gorillaz are back and they’ve gone all political (again). The made-up band from Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have just unveiled the first track from their much-anticipated album and it’s, er, a bit weird.

Featuring Mercury Music Prize winning Benjamin Clementine, ‘Hallelujah Money’ has purposefully been released on the eve of the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump to serve as commentary on a politically-charged, historical moment.

Is it any good?

Not really, it’s a bit odd. The accompanying video is meant to represent Clementine singing from the foyer of Trump Tower, though if we hadn’t been told this we probably wouldn’t have guessed.

What’s Clementine like?

Well, he sings ‘Hallelujah Money’ a few times, keep looking down at his hands (maybe they’re dirty?) and then there’s some provocative imagery, you know Spongebob Squarepants, the Ku Klux Clan that sort of thing. It’s all a bit tepid, and not very protest-y, and the song is super boring, too.

The album will still be good, though, won’t it?

On the strength of this guff we’re not so sure, sadly.

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.