The Bottom Line
The Gorillaz hit "Feel Good, Inc." is good, but "Dare" is even better. A sly, slinky dance beat glides in and out around Damon Albarn's falsetto and the Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder in a lower register. Gorillaz' ability to avoid being shoehorned into a particular genre leaves their music with a timeless appeal. This is one of the best pop singles of the year.
- That insinuating dance beat
- Guest vocal appearance from the Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder
- Noodle dancing in the video
- Shaun Ryder's enormous head in the video
- The first thing you remember is that ultra-catchy gently bouncing dance beat.
- Number two is Damon Albarn's slightly ominous falsetto.
- What gradually sinks in is the brilliance of Shaun Ryder's inimitable vocal instrument.
Guide Review - Dare - Gorillaz (Virgin)
Watch the "Dare" video.
That slightly ominous feel lurking behind the otherwise bouncy dance tune "Dare" is distinctively Gorillaz. A brilliant guest turn by Happy Mondays' lead vocalist Shaun Ryder connects the song directly to the heady late 80's days when Manchester's dance music threatened to rule the world. There is a timeless feel to "Dare" that will guarantee spins long after it has left the record charts.
Beyond the aural pleasure induced by the song, don't miss another brilliant Gorillaz video (link above). Gorillaz member Noodle dances while Shaun Ryder's huge wired up head is kept alive just to deliver his vocals, and...there's even a surprise ending. Don't miss "Dare."