Gnarls Barkley
St. Elsewhere


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robbie Scott USER (3 Reviews)
December 13th, 2008 | 16 replies | 1,457 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: St. Elsewhere will take you somewhere elsewhere, to a land that is crazy. Before you leave, you must compliment the feng shui.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Cee-Lo Green has proven himself again and again to be one of hip hop and soul's most intriguing characters. A total odd-ball at his very best, he manages to make the listener think with his well-constructed lyrics and soulful, mantastic voice. His songwriting is fairly weird, making each track a centerpiece for his voice, while similarly switching up his voice so that the music remains fruitful and festive. With St. Elsewhere, Cee-Lo Green meets his match in the production and music of Danger mouse, and Gnarls Barkley succeeds to make electro-gospel soul with hip hop-like sampling.

St. Elsewhere is intentionally one of the wackiest albums I’ve ever heard, and the music works better for that. The album opens up with the trumpet-led gospel anthem “Go-Go Gadget Gospel”, and from there you might get a glimpse of what the album is like, or so you thought. From there we get the hit track “Crazy”, which while being one of the least abnormal track on the album, succeeds due to its simplicity in drum beat and violin sample, but after “Crazy”, we get something totally different from either track. Indeed, “St. Elsewhere” is much more artsy either than “Crazy” or “Go-Go Gadget Gospel”, the track is much more reflective than anything else on the album. Haunting and brooding musically, “St. Elsewhere” is the one of the more intriguing figures on the album, with jazzy drumming, depressing orchestration, and melancholic bass playing… and yet, the very next track, “Gone Daddy Gone” contains punk-esqe guitar riffing and rap-like sexual talk, with exceptionally quirky execution. What could possibly keep an album so diverse and crazy?

Well one major factor about St. Elsewhere that keeps it incredibly diverse yet incredibly well-flowing is vocalist and rapper Cee-Lo Green. Sure, his rapping days are pretty much over, but his singing voice is still, for lack of better words, frigging awesome. His range is delightful, hitting bluesy lows (“The Boogie Monster”) to a wonderful soulful edition of Rob Halford highs (“Crazy”). Cee-Lo also likes to diversify his assets so to speak too, switching from an incredibly strong clean vocal (just about every track), eerie whispers (“The Boogie Monster”), even more rapping on “Feng Shui”.

Does this album have any flaws? Ultimately, yes it does. The strongest tracks, the exotic rap track “Feng Shui” and ADD multiple personality deformity “Transformer” are some of the shortest tracks on the album. Although no song really drags itself out to the point of complete tedium, “St. Elsewhere” and “The Boogie Monster” both overstay their welcome in comparison to the other tracks on the album, and just sound overlong in comparison, lasting three some odd minutes in comparison to most of the tracks, which last between late two minutes and late one minute. Still, despite these flaws, St. Elsewhere proves itself to be a release worthy of any and all praise it’s been given. Grooving funky rhythms galore, with wacky, sometimes gimmicky production from Danger Mouse, and booming soul vocals from Cee-Lo Green combine with spectacular execution to make for an excellent release. St. Elsewhere will take you elsewhere, to a land that is crazy, but before you leave, you must compliment the feng shui.


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OffTheRadar
December 13th 2008



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

got bored and reviewed an album i've been listening to a lot.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 13th 2008



2710 Comments


"Cee-Lo Green has proven himself again and again to be one of hip hop and soul's most intriguing characters"
proved should be proven and souls needs an apostrophe
"Cee-Lo Green meets his match in the production and music of Dangermouse"
on should be in and you missed an of
The rest of the review is good, but kind of awkward. Like, there's something wrong with sections that I can't quite put a finger on - there seems to either be a word or two missing, or you've just worded things weirdly when you could have found more eloquent ways of expressing your opinion. The review also seems a tad mechanical, but that's not always a bad thing.
My best suggestion would be to get someone to proofread your reviews before you submit them.

OffTheRadar
December 13th 2008



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay cool thanks man.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 13th 2008



2710 Comments


No worries, nigga.
Like I said, not bad, keep on reviewing and you'll def. get better :thumb:

OffTheRadar
December 13th 2008



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you know my other account, right?

JumpTheF**kUp
December 13th 2008



2710 Comments


...

no?

OffTheRadar
December 13th 2008



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm that bastad kid.

i just got bored of that account and wanted to review some stuff on this for Dec-Jan.This Message Edited On 12.13.08

JumpTheF**kUp
December 13th 2008



2710 Comments


oic
makes sense i guess

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 13th 2008



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i just cannot get into this stuff.

Asiatic667
December 13th 2008



4648 Comments


Man I hate 'crazy'.
I mean seriously, back when this album came out it was all you heard, and they used it for all the crap primetime promo background music.
It's just impossible for me not to despise it. If that song were a person I'd punch them

JumpTheF**kUp
December 13th 2008



2710 Comments


'crazy' rules

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2008



20856 Comments


You know what's a good name for a band; Maxy and his User-Names.
Somehow, I am yet to give this album a proper full listen. Solid review... Almost makes it seem more like a 4.5 actually.


kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 13th 2008



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

actually, bastard, good job... just read through, you're writing much better now. it seems like the 3rd person writing paid off for you.

OffTheRadar
December 13th 2008



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man.

Captain North
December 13th 2008



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Feng Shui is the worst song on the album. Easily. Best is Just A Thought. Incredibly sad.

AtavanHalen
December 13th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gnarls Barkley is genius. This is such a good album.



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