Posted by: will | June 26, 2006

Gnarls Barkley…

Gnarls Barkley "St. Elsewhere" (Downtown)

If you have not heard of Gnarls Barkley then you must have been living under a rock over the last few months. The duo is made up of Cee-Lo (Goodie Mob) and Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, Danger Doom). Their single, "Crazy" was the first song in the UK to shoot to #1 solely based on download sales. Most people will have initially been attracted to Gnarls Barkley because of that first single. However, if you are searching for a better track than "Crazy" on Gnarls Barkley's debut album, St. Elsewhere, you might be slighty disappointed. "Crazy" screams out HIT SINGLE in a rather obvious and wonderful way. That's not to say the rest of St. Elsewhere is a complete wash though.

St. Elsewhere contains some strong material but is also marred by some below average tracks as well. The rather serious and eloquent "Just A Thought" shows that even rap stars can have thoughts of suicide. The short and sweet "Feng Shui" shows off the production madness that Danger Mouse is capable of creating. The odd, but likeable "Necromancing" touches on the rather odd subject of necrophilia. "Who Cares" is an outstanding track that brings to mind DJ Shadow which is certainly a compliment. Too often though, the album contains frustrating and rather annoying tracks. The duo's Violent Femmes cover "Gone Daddy Gone", "Transformer" and "The Boogie Monster" just come off as plain silly and are painful to sit through.

St. Elsewhere is the absolute definition of a hit or miss album which unfortunately severely limits its shelf life. I can't possibly see people listening to this album a year from now but I could be wrong. If the duo would focus a little more on making a cohesive album rather than a few hit singles, they will be much better off in the long run. But, damn, that "Crazy" song still sounds tight!

RIYL: DJ Shadow, Gorillaz, Outkast

Listen: www.myspace.com/gnarlsbarkley

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Responses

  1. who do you,
    who do you, who do you
    think you are???

    ha ha bless your soul…….

    I love “Crazy”!


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