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Hallelujah Money by Gorillaz feat. Ben Clementine Review

This year didn’t start off in the best way, we all know that, because only a week ago, a rich, rude and brash man was elected president despite not winning most the vote. Crazy, isn’t it? Luckily, Gorillaz released a new song, their first in 6 years,: Hallelujah Money.

At first this song might seem horrible. The comments seem to agree with me. Clementine’s low, grandious voice is much different to Damon’s, which takes some getting used to. Believe me, the first time you listen to this song you will feel alienated. You will go through the 5 stages of grief. You will be confused and slightly angry. Bottom Line: You won’t like it. But the second time you listen to it, you’ll love it. Trust me.

Clementine’s vocals, accented haunting hallelujahs, and the increasingly bizarre production creates a dark song about the horror of loving money. In case the title and the date of release didn’t tip you off, this song is targeted at Donald’s love of money, hence the title. Many lines are jabs at Donald’s unconventional policies such as when Clementine sings about building walls ‘like unicorns’ that are stronger ‘than the walls of Jericho’

And I thought the best way to perfect our tree
Is by building walls
Walls like unicorns
In full glory
And galore
And even stronger
Than the walls of Jericho

Obviously, being a Gorillaz song, it contains a heft amount of symbolism, with the tree being America, the scarecrows being illegal immigrants and the walls being, well, the wall that Donald Trump wants to build on the US-Mexico border. It’s not that hard to understand but I recommend reading the lyrics

Oh and the outro is Spongebob screaming.

Just sayin’

It’s an experimental song, to nsay in the least and is definiely not your usual Gorillaz song. It’s not very everybody. But it’s a good song nonetheless.

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