Friday, June 16, 2006

Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere


I bought this album because of the music video for the single "Crazy". It's like an animated Rorsach test, wonderfully inventive. And that song doesn't disappoint either. It's a driving, catchy song, which is great for working out to actually. The beat is perfect timing for push-ups. But it's definitely the highlight of the CD. The first track, "Go Go Gadget Gospel" gets things moving, and "Crazy" brings the album to a fine point, but it's a decline from there, into the downright creepy "Necromancer," which closes a paean to a dead girl with "man bet she was alright /when she was alive." The album is definitely inventive, production is top-notch, and the sound is unique, but except for the catchy single, I just didn't get into it.

4 comments:

medstudentitis said...

I HATE it when I really like a single and buy the album only to discover that it's a gigantic let-down. Sorry this happened to you... I'm so tempted these days to just buy singles off i-tunes.

thebeloved said...

All I can think to say is Eew.

Nathan said...

I do buy singles off iTunes for this reason. But then my OCD kicks in and I wish I had the whole album.

S. Lee said...

to medstudentitis - don't fall into the singles trap!

although it has to be said that a precious few artists now create albums instead of singles nowadays. preserve the artform! and buy CDs with liner notes. And records with beautiful artwork! oh yes, and warm sound too.