New Gnarls Barkley album review

Gnarls BarkleySt. Elsewhere (Downtown)
Former Goodie Mob rapper Cee-lo Green and hip hop producer Danger Mouse hooked up for this startlingly original set of what they call “psychedelic hip hop,” adventurously blending hip hop with soul, rock, electronic, gospel and lots more. Cee-lo sings far more than he raps here, and his creamy, Al Green-influenced vocal style brings some reassuring warmth to Gnarls Barkley’s unsettling world, where madness reigns (most of the songs touch upon mental illness of one form or another). Danger Mouse provides a wide range of distinctive beats and eclectic soundscapes on what’s easily one of the most imaginative hip hop albums in a long time.

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  1. sal
    Posted May 12, 2006 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    This has definitely been one of my favourite albums that I have listened to so far this year.

  2. s
    Posted May 22, 2006 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    People will say, ‘but it’s not hiphop’, but that’s the great thing about hiphop right now- it’s melding, or ‘mashuping’, with other genres right now and that album is very soul inspired. As is the new Roots album. Love em both. New is good.

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