Top

music

Stories

 

Gnarls Barkley

St. Elsewhere (Warner Bros.)

Maybe it's the seizure that opens the mega-hit "Crazy" -- four solid punches of bass drum marking the track's unyielding tempo -- that hints at the precarious character of Gnarls Barkley. The frenzied timbre of that voice rising to the conceit of the chorus's question: "Does that make me crazy?" Hell, yeah; it's the oversaturated joy of a psychotic. But Barkley, the collective alter ego of DJ Danger Mouse and singer/rapper Cee-Lo, gets more bizarre as you get to know him, and St. Elsewhere's best stuff is sharpened with a dark edge, from the menacing neo-soul of "The Boogie Monster" to the agitated intensity of "Go Go Gadget Gospel." Even when the two get carried away with themselves -- an excessively bubbly beat here, a tossed-off line there -- all is forgiven by the time you reach the penultimate track, "Storm Coming," in which Sir Gnarls channels Autechre one second and Big Joe Turner the next. Crazy? Absolutely.

 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
 

Concert Calendar

  • April
  • Sun
    20
  • Mon
    21
  • Tue
    22
  • Wed
    23
  • Thu
    24
  • Fri
    25
  • Sat
    26

Find Any Show in Town

Denver Event Tickets
Loading...