St. Elsewhere Gnarls Barkley Primary Artist
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The name sounds more like a dog's than a band's, but then again, everything about Gnarls Barkley is a little odd. A collaboration between onetime Goodie Mob singer {|Cee-Lo Green|} and in-demand producer (and Gorillaz member) {|Danger Mouse|}, St. Elsewhere was recorded over the course of three years, with ideas traded via email and the post office. It is a record that defies categorization, not to mention logic and the normal rules of the music biz. But it is also insanely catchy, overflowing with ideas, and stocked with at least one left-field hit. Powered by a soaring, string-laden chorus, Crazy is one of those songs -- like Outkast's Hey Ya -- that everyone seems to like; it's invaded the pop culture zeitgeist like a force of nature. The rest of St. Elsewhere is all over the musical and lyrical map but no less entertaining. Smiley Faces bounces like classic Motown; Boogie Monster channels {|Screamin' Jay Hawkins|}; and a gonzo cover of the {|Violent Femmes|}' Gone Daddy Gone lives up to the hype. You also get the Dirty-South-at-a-bar-mitzvah that is Go-Go Gadget Gospel, and Feng Shui would be perfect for any space-age bachelor pad cocktail party. Sometimes it seems like St. Elsewhere is an attempt at making an album that could be played at any party. St. Elsewhere may evince a multiple-personality disorder, but it's a misdiagnosis to say that Gnarls Barkley are suffering from it.


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