Lonely Press Play
Label: Parlophone UK
After inventing Britpop with Blur, changing pop with Gorillaz and collaborating with myriad artists from around the globe, Damon Albarn finally releases an album on his own terms -- and, naturally, it's his most introspective yet. Over trip-hop drum machine beats, plucky guitar, Lennonesque piano, an occasional choir and two Brian Eno guest shots, Albarn reflects on modern life in its still-rubbish existence -- this time through the lens of an iPhone. Gorgeous, minimalist tracks like "Everyday Robots," "Lonely Press Play" and "Hollow Ponds" prove he's still, incredibly, at the top of his game.