Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple

March 18, 2008

“I got some bad news this morning
Which in turn made my day…”

If you’ve seen the video for “Run (I’m A Natural Disaster),” the first single from Atlanta based Gnarls Barkley’s second LP, The Odd Couple, you’ll get a sense of the juxapositions that run through the rest of the densely layered, emotionally complex album: 60’s and 70’s pop and soul bumping up against modern hip-hip and electronica; breezy, upbeat sounding music over dark, even menacing sounding lyrics and vocals. If the result is occasionally disorienting, it’s also almost unfailingly intoxicating and just plain fun to hear. Even though the strongest material is weighted towards the first half, The Odd Couple is head and shoulders a better album than St. Elsewhere, and that album wasn’t too shabby. Here’s hoping that Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse, the two talented musicians behind Gnarls Barkley, are just beginning to build a body of work for their band. Standout cuts: “Charity Case,” “Going On,” “Run [I’m A Natural Disaster]” and “Surprise.”

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