For those of you that have followed Damon Albarns’s career, from Blur to Gorillaz and the various ins-and-outs along the way, Dr Dee won’t surprise you. Dr Dee is Damon Albarn’s new-ish album (released in may). It’s eighteen songs that were inspired by the life of John Dee, mathematician, polymath and adviser to Elizabeth I.
For those of you who may have not progressed past Damon’s involvement in Blur, Dr Dee probably isn’t for you. You wont hear a lot of Damon’s voice on this album, but you will hear some beautiful vocals and a small amount of bird-tweetery. Recorded late last year in Albarn’s West London studio and also in Salford with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; it’s a true showcase of Damon’s ever-evolving composition and musical arrangement skills.
Don’t expect to be able to dance or even to sing along to this one. Just put it on and enjoy the ride, but make sure you’ve got your imagination ready, because it’s more like a soundtrack to a film than anything else I could possibly describe it as. You'd probably want to read up on the real Dr Dee if you feel like you'd actually like to know what it's all about.