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St. Elsewhere

Gnarls Barkley

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Gnarls Barkley gained immediate notice as their single “Crazy” ascended the British charts on the strength of an overwhelming download frenzy. Its digital distribution showed the music industry where its future lies. The music, however, is schooled in a traditional past. Producer Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, The Grey Album) and former Goodie Mob singer Cee-Lo Green may use futuristic tools to attain their sound, slicing up beats and juxtaposing contrasting samples with freeform glee, but their main appeal lies in the neo-soul that roots these songs in a Sly Stone-Curtis Mayfield-Gamble and Huff tradition. “Crazy” is the obvious touchstone, but “Smiley Faces” is a close runner-up, sporting a vivid cinematic vibe. “Just a Thought” sounds as if it was taken straight out of the late-60s and earl ’70s and remixed to modern effect. The Violent Femmes cover “Gone Daddy Gone” is an odd and seemingly random detour here, further evidence of the duo’s eclectic tendencies. Better are the goofy, monster mashes – “The Boogie Monster,” “Necromancer” – where it’s as if Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (“I Put a Spell On You”) was being rocketed into the future.

Customer Reviews

Pyschedlic industrial hip hop

This CD is for you if you like Gorillaz, Coldcut, Shinjuku Zulu, M.I.A., the Verve Remixed stuff, Outkast, etc. (i.e. cross-genre, mash-up stylee music--See the imix "gorillaz, gnarls, 'ku 'lus...") This album is experimental but accessible; it's got a soul but also has a groove; short tracks with lots goin' on in 'em. Kinda like psychedelic hip hop done in Berlin. The music gets most of it's emotional warmth from the great soulful vocals. It also gets better after multiple listens, so you won't get tired of it quickly. (Woulda been a five if a few songs were longer.)

Amazingly Different

Wow. This album is totally different and unlike anything you'd expect from either artist separately. Cee-Lo, who I think has to be one of the most underrated rappers/singers around, and Danger Mouse (who most of you might remember from the Jay-Z/Beatles Mash Up, the Gray Album) combine to produce a totally unique sound with deep and very thoughtful lyrics. This album is a must have. You will NOT be dissapointed!

the hype is justfied

I bought this album based on three sources: 1) the song "crazy," which I heard on the radio and liked, 2) the song previews here in itunes, most of which sounded pretty interesting, and finally, 3) the phenomenal reviews that I also read here on itunes. It would have been hard for any album to live up to those ecstatic reviews, but St Elsewhere actually does that. Yup, it's that good. I think people are going to remember this album for a long time. It's already on my list of best albums ever. Music doesn't get much better than this, in my opinion. There are some truly transcendant moments here. The most impressive aspect of the songs is the ~~utterly~~mindblowing~~creativity~~ that they demonstrate. If you are an open-minded lover of music, you'll greatly appreciate this rare gem. As for the one-star reviews posted here, I think the fact that (at the time of this posting) neither of the two reviewers criticizing the album can spell properly or form gramatically correct sentences is telling enough.


Formed: 2003

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Gnarls Barkley collaboration didn't bring producer Danger Mouse to the top of the British charts for the first time, but it did mark his debut as the pilot of a hit record. Mouse, born Brian Burton, first gained the ears of discriminating listeners when he concocted The Grey Album, a bootleg that mashed the vocals from The Black Album by Jay-Z with music samples courtesy of The White Album by EMI flagship the Beatles. Although the label posted a cease-and-desist order, one of...
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