Gnarls Barkley
St. Elsewhere


3.0
good

Review

by Matthew Dreany USER (18 Reviews)
August 20th, 2006 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Well, I don't live in the UK, but I can only imagine. From what i've heard, Crazy had the success of a Beatles song across the pond. And to be honest, I'm not sure why. Yeah, it's a cool song, but really? It had to be purposely deleted from the UK Official Download Chart because it was on top for 9 straight weeks. Sure, it's a nifty song, but I could think of many other songs that belong on the #1 charts for so long.

Well, you most likely have heard Crazy, but if you haven't it's a dramatic song with simple and nicely sung lyrics from Cee-Lo, the song has a nice Violin sample with a catchy drum beat. The albums second single Smiley Faces is a more upbeat song that just seems to be about remaining in a good mood despite hardships, the beat sounds purposely old, which gives it a nice effect.

The album's 3rd and newest single is one of my favorites, Gone Daddy Gone is a well done cover of the old Violent Femmes track. It's done with a much different style than the original, with fast, snapping drums, and Cee-lo holds his voice back a little, which is good, because this really isn't a song that needs to be belted out. A very nice, catchy song. Though i'm not ready to call it as good as the original.

My favorite track on the album has always been Transformer. Which is a great song to play if you're testing out the bass in a system. It has a very High pitched and fast beat, almost Kanye West like. Cee-Lo appears in all pitches, Really high, Really Low, Regular, his pitch shifts with every sentence, it may be annoying to some, but it is a very entertaining track. With a great drumbeat. Probably the most Hip-Hop sounding song on the album.

Necromancer is the most liked song about Necrophilia. The lyrics are graphic, but they are spoken so tongue and cheek, that's it turns out to be fun more than weird. The beat is a little draggy, but Cee-Lo's charisma picks the song up. Cee-Lo even let's out a laugh at the end.

The albums opener Go-Go Gadget Gospel sounds exactly like you'd expect it to, like highly energetic, high tech gospel song. Cee-Lo just let's newcomers catch up on what they've been missing with him, the reason this album got so much praise is because no one really payed attention to his solo work, but now that he's teamed up with Dangermouse, who seemingly has the Midas touch, well, now people realize how nice his voice is.

Who Cares? shows off Cee-Lo's song writing skill. With a simple beat and Cee-Lo using himself as backup singers, the clever lyrics commence:

"Its deep how you can be so shallow
And I'm afraid cause I have no fear
And I didn't believe in magic until
Until I watched you disappear
I wish you where here
"

"You see everybody is somebody
But nobody wants to be themselves
And if I ever wanted to understand me
Id have to talk someone else
But every little bit helps
"

Online is a very disappointing track because it is very good, but way too short. The song has a blatant, over the top, funky 70's vibe, and the track is a play on words, it's about Cocaine, hence "On-Line". But the song only clocks in at a measly 1:48.

Storm Coming Has some more nice lyrics:

"I could paint a picture with a pen,
but a song will only scratch the skin.
And there are still places I haven't been,
because I know what's in there is already in the air.
"

In the middle of the song, an irresistible Drum beat comes in, which is highly energetic and makes the song one of the best on the album.

However, the Album's title track St. Elsewhere is boring, and a little repetitive. It has a bland, uninspired beat and just ok singing from Cee-Lo. For a song that's only 2:30 it really drags on.

Feng Shui is another example of how length plays an important role in this album. The beat is nice, and Cee-Lo has a nice verse, but the song is 1:26 and really doesn't go anywhere, even though it has potential to.

The Boogie Monster is as close to horrible as the album gets. The lyrics are flat out bad, and the beats purposely sounds like something you'd hear on "The Munsters", it really doesn't have a point and is not only skippable, but hardly listenable compared to the other songs.

The album redeems what ever wrongs with Just A Thought which is a sad, introspective song with very great and relatable lyrics:

"It’s even dark in the daytime, it’s not just good it’s great depression
When I was lost I even found myself looking in the guns direction.
Well I’ve tried everything but suicide. But it’s crossed my mind.
But I’m fine!
"

The album ends on a nice note with The Last Time. With a nice beat and great lead and backing vocals by Mr. Cee-Lo Green. The song is nice and is nice to sing with. It puts the album in perspective for me and is a nice way to end an average album.

The album does have some great moments, but so many things hinder it from being as good as everyone says. At first the album seemed a lot better, but it really does not have replay value, once you've heard the songs enough, you could go without ever listening to them again. and any album that can do that is nothing more than a 3 to me. Yes the album has great songs, but they're all just too short. And the bad songs are just flat out boring in every way.

If the album fixed some wrongs, it would be really good. But that's it, not album of the year, not classic. But it isn't, so it's barely an above average album. Which isn't a bad thing, it has it's moments, it just doesn't have enough of them.

Pros
Lots of catchy tracks
Cee-Lo has a great voice and uses it well
Dangermouse's production compliments Cee-Lo's Voice well

Cons
Way too short to fully enjoy.
Songs get old pretty fast
Songs seem dangerously similar at times
"The Boogie Monster"

Recommended Tracks
"Transformer"
"Gone Daddy Gone"
"Storm Coming"
"Just A Thought"

3/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
"Freshly Baked"
August 20th 2006


583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ooh, I'ma reviewing beast lately

Muisee
August 20th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Decent review, the album is sliping a bit for me, but still one of the best of 06'.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still don't like the way you're heading with your organization with your reviews. It makes them difficult to read.
This album is kind of overrated though. Crazy is insane, but its started to bore me lately. Like, srsly bore me.

"Freshly Baked"
August 20th 2006


583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0


I still don't like the way you're heading with your organization with your reviews. It makes them difficult to read.


That worries me, how so?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Instead of going for the balls to the wall description as to why I dislike it, the basic thign is; you break up your paragraphs too often.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 20th 2006


2806 Comments


There's a lot of good here and a lot of bad here (review, not music). Some song descriptions are great and some are just not detailed enough. Also, if you want me to get really picky, avoid first and second person when talking about the music.

RandyfromPennywise
August 20th 2006


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=Iluvatar]
Instead of going for the balls to the wall description as to why I dislike it, the basic thing is; you break up your paragraphs too often.[/QUOTE]What he said. Get some +100 word paragraphs in there. They are better to read, they hold the attention for longer: once you start reading a long paragraph, you'll probably finish it: reading short ones you're likely to skip most of them (like I just did). Sorry but I didn't read the review, just commenting on format.

"Freshly Baked"
August 20th 2006


583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the advice guys, I will defintely keep that in mind.

Zebra
Moderator
August 20th 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The descriptions were fine it was just your format that made the review hard to read. Try combing a few tracks together into one paragraph rather then skipping a line for each song. Also, why did you give the album a three star rating and then put 4/5 at the end?
I hear a lot of other people say things like "This got old fast" but I always thought that it was kind of boring. There are some excellent songs in the first half of the album, but towards the end the songs get weaker and weaker.

"Freshly Baked"
August 20th 2006


583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Also, why did you give the album a three star rating and then put 4/5 at the end?


WTF? I have no clue why I did that. Fix'd

raggedragamuffin
August 20th 2006


689 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

crazy is getting so i cant listen to it

The Jungler
August 20th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty meh review. I still really like this CD even though it has decreased in quality since my first listen.

Two-Headed Boy
October 31st 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album has like 5 great songs and 9 meh songs.This Message Edited On 10.31.06



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