Gnarls Barkley – St. 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 â€œpsychedelic hip hop,â€ 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 Barkleyâ€™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 whatâ€™s easily one of the most imaginative hip hop albums in a long time.
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