|The band posing with Hewlett and Albarn (Top: L to R, Murdoc and Russel, Bottom: L to R, Jamie Hewlett, Noodle, 2-D, Damon Albarn)|
The album ends on a really, really strong note with the first two songs we heard from the project, Désolé and Momentary Bliss. The former has a new extended intro and outro and it just makes the song that much better. I absolutely love how the song progresses from verse to chorus. The verses are pretty bare with just 2D's voice, some drums, and a maraca in the background then the choruses are these explosions synths, guitar, and Fatoumata Diawara's incredible voice. And I think even saying incredible is selling her short because she comes through with this huge, soulful, booming voice. There's a little break around the 3:20 mark where there's this chaos of horns that all somehow fit together before giving way to some piano and tense strings, then one more chorus to end the song off. There's nothing I like more than when an album ends on one final banger and Momentary Bliss is that banger with features from Slaves and Slowthai. The energy on the song is insane and the positive advice in Slowthai's lyrics is easy to be lost in his angry delivery. It's the most pissed off pep talk I've ever heard, and I've been in the locker room for varsity football pre-games for the past 4 years. I love the tremolo effect on the guitars during the verses where these chords just keep popping in and out, almost like they're muted the second after they're played. It's an absolutely fantastic way to end this album.