Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere
Gnarls Barkley is set to blow! Do you remember when we used to say that? "Blow?" I thought it was appropriate at this time, to dust that phrase off. Because that's what this duo, Gnarls Barkley, is about. Singing. Sure they've got a little of that hip-hop in them, after all, the vocals are laid down by Cee-Lo of Goodiemob fame, but they've got a lot that old school funk, rock and soul in them too. At times, their beats thump and their lineage is very hip-hop, but mostly, Gnarls Barkley is about high energy dance tracks. Along with Cee-Lo's vocals, Gnarls Barkley brings along the talent of DJ Dangermouse, whose production work has been the genius behind the sound environment for MF Doom's spacy raps. Dangermouse is also the figure that provided us a reinterpretation of Jay-Z's farewell classic--The Black Album--coating Hova in The Beatles' classic sound. With Gnarls Barkley being a collision of varied musical influences working undeniably well together, could this combination be the next progression toward a new hip-hop genre? We'll have to see. Their full-length album--St. Elsewhere-- is set to release at the beginning of next month and the duo will perform at the Coachella music festival, later in April. I'm telling you...Gnarls Barkley is set to blow!--up, that is.
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