“St. Elsewhere,” the new soul-pop supergroup Gnarls Barkley’s debut CD (out on Tuesday), has been subject to the sort of pre-release hype that usually puts us off. But tracks ripped from the advance CD have been dominating our iPod playlists here at Very Short List HQ for weeks now–particularly the insanely groovy single “Crazy,” a radio-ready gem that glitters and charms like a Motown classic.
Remember how Outkast rattled things loose in popular music when they released “Stankonia” earlier this century? Gnarls Barkley is sort of the new Outkast.
A collaboration between hugely influential artist/producer Danger Mouse (famous for his 2004 Jay-Z-meets-the-Beatles “Grey Album” remix) and hip-hitmaker Cee-Lo, “St. Elsewhere” is a brilliantly eclectic mash-up of styles ranging from gospel and R&B to rock and punk.
Mark our words: Sometime in the coming weeks or months you’ll be at a cool boutique or party or bar and an impossibly infectious song will come over the sound system.
Someone will say “Who is that?”
And you’ll already know it’s Gnarls Barkley.
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