16 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Slothly ,

Stunningly Original

Ok, first let me start off by saying that pop music generally isn’t my favorite type of music- but when I first heard St. Elsewhere, I couldn’t help but enjoy it. It was fresh, new, and most of all, it broke the formulaic pop formula set by countless, come-and-go artists.

Gnarls Barkley, the duo of DJ Danger Mouse (who recently produced the Gorillaz’ album Demon Days) and Cee-Lo Green (former vocalist in the hip hop group The Goodie Mob), could easily be considered one of the best pop artists these days, and might just be the pinnacle of pop in ’06. And after listening to the album, one will know why.

In St. Elsewhere, both artists have taken some risks, stepping out of their comfort zones, and the results are spectacular. You can clearly see the pair’s love of music, with influences of hip-hop, gospel, and rock appearing here. Calling the album hip hop really doesn’t do it justice (well, except for the old school “Feng Shui”), so pop seems an apt moniker.

On to the music, the band’s hit single “Crazy” must be mentioned foremost. It is exactly what is says- crazy. Crazy good, that is. A finger-snapping, R&B tune, this one song is an amazingly satisfying hit and is destined to be one of the biggest songs of the summer. It is one of those rare tracks that once you hear it, you are hooked. There are other upbeat songs on the album as well, such as “Smiley Faces” and “Gone Daddy Gone”, and each is as enjoyable as the last.

And although the album is for the most part light spirited, even when coupled with Cee-Lo’s moving baritone, there are some more somber and darker songs, such as “Just a Thought” and “The Boogie Monster”. Deep and insightful, these songs and their lyrics show that Gnarls Barkley is truly multi-faceted, and although their dark side can get a little unsettling at times (such as in “Necromancer”, which describes necrophilia), there is always a “Go Go Gadget Gospel” or “Crazy” to put you back in high spirits.

Overall, this album is catchy, manic, and most importantly, original. Even those not into the genre like myself have to appreciate the creativity and risks that Gnarls Barkley have taken in making this album. It may not be perfect, but St. Elsewhere is darn close.

yessircmo ,

Here's some history for those who gave two stars or less...

Cee-Lo is actually Andre 3000's mentor and reason why Andre 3000 went forward with his quirky side of Speaker Boxx/The Love Below. All I'm saying is that you are incorrect to say that it is an Outkast rip off because Cee-Lo is actually responsible for this sound. Moving on, I understand why some people don't like the album, it's very, very, VERY expiremental. I understand that most people won't get it. Just give it a chance and maybe you'll see the light. One more thing, if you're a rock fan, please do not suggest listening to rock bands just because you don't appreciate hip hop music. I don't rain on your parade and say hip hop is awesome and rock can go to hell. I love all types of music, just show some respect and only write a review if you have an intellegent opinon on the music to offer.

AntiGuy ,

Not a Single Bad Track

Trying to describe the sound and style of Gnarls Barkley's premiere album is impossible - it's a bit of everything, from Soul to British Pop, but in the end it defies description. Soulful singer Cee-lo Green teams up with reknowned and highly talented producer DJ Danger Mouse to produce what could possibly be 2006's best album.

From a high-energy beginning with Go-Go Gadget Gospel, things never lose steam as the album moves into Crazy, unarguably the album's strongest and most popular song. The rest of St. Elsewhere's outings, from the seemingly Brit-rock influenced 'Gone Daddy Gone' and head-bopping 'Smiley Faces', to smooth hip-hop groove 'Feng Shui' and the catchy 'Who Cares?', are incredibly solid and catchy. One would expect nothing less from a collaboration of these two incredibly talented minds - Cee-lo brings an undeniably cool and rich sound to the album with his clean, always on-tune delivery, and Danger Mouse's tracks are airtight, melodic, and far too distinct to mistake for anyone else's.

So what are you waiting for? Click 'Buy Album' and give yourself the gift of St. Elsewhere.

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