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Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple: 8.0/10

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Posted by admin On March - 26 - 2008

I’m listening to this album like I listened to music when I was 12. I can’t help myself. I start with track three, the unbelievable “Going On,” and hit repeat. It will be a crime if CBS doesn’t make it the theme song of the NCAA tournament. Check the lyrics:

“I’m going on. And I’m sure they’ll have a place for you too (Shot of UNC) “I’m going on…And I’m prepared to go it alone” (shot of tournament scoring leader Stephen Curry, pictured left) “I’m going on and I promise I’ll be waiting for you.” (shot of UCLA)” See what I’m saying?

Ok, so there is more than one song on this album. Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse re-unite for the follow up to 2006’s album of the summer, St. Elsewhere with an album sounding like more of the same, but with a little less edge and a little stale.

The other song that really grabs me is “Blind Mary.” The kind of song that makes you excited for a spring time crush. I’m also a fan of Cee-Lo’s vocal work on “Neighbors” and I love everything about the closing “A little better.”

“Open Book” is a punchy, fun song that has single written all over it, clocking in at under 2:45 and is one of the more dance-y songs here.

“Would be Killer” is a slow, darker Cee-Lo crooner that I’ll skip half the time. ” “Run” is a snooze fest for the first minute and I was ready to dismiss it before I saw the cool video.

All in all, it’s a fun listen, but unlike St Elsewhere I don’t think it will have tremendous staying power, except for a few tracks. A lyric in “Whatever” sums up my attitude about the album:

“It’s cool, but it could be better.” -Z.T.

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