Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Audio Selection of the Month - Gnarls Barkley

Brought to by the letters Funk and Yeah, this collaboration featuring Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo has taken the world by storm courtesy of their lead in single "Crazy". As the second track on their debut album "St. Elsewhere", this soulful tune has been pretty much unavoidable on the air waves. You'll note that we're not complaining, either.

"St. Elsewhere" has classic written all over it. Not since Radiohead's OK Computer has an entire album been so ultimately listenable. Whether listening for its head-bob-inspiring qualities, or for the musicianship, Gnarls Barkley has ample quantities of both to offer.

From track to track, the whole body of music here retains a freshness that has been hinted at by many but not presented in an as in-your-face fashion as it is here. While rooted in tried and true Motown, Gospel and Hip-Hop, it defies any real genre that one might try to slide it into.

For all those out there that have been craving something new, Gnarls Barkley is by far the most inventive thing that's come out of the mainstream market in quite a while.

Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere

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