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Odd Couple
     

The Odd Couple

4.5 6
by Gnarls Barkley
 

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The Odd Couple showcases 13 songs that explore the connection between popular music and human psychology. Highlights from this creative duo's second disc include the hypnotic "Charity Case," the Motown-meets-Delta blues "Who's Gonna Save My Soul," and the uplifting "A Little Better."

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The Odd Couple showcases 13 songs that explore the connection between popular music and human psychology. Highlights from this creative duo's second disc include the hypnotic "Charity Case," the Motown-meets-Delta blues "Who's Gonna Save My Soul," and the uplifting "A Little Better."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
In a world where it's the norm to have a one-off collaboration between a producer and a rapper, something special has to happen to prompt a sequel. Of course, "Crazy" was all the prompting needed for Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse to rejuvenate Gnarls Barkley, their collaboration by mail that sparked the brightest and catchiest single since OutKast's "Hey Ya." But fans and critics have to understand that these two were exactly the types to walk away from a follow-up simply for the purpose of a cash-in, which makes that follow-up, The Odd Couple, such a strange proposition -- it's exactly like St. Elsewhere, and fails to reveal a single new thing. All the hallmarks of a follow-up record are here -- similar sounds and themes, for sure, but also a clear lack of innovation, lyrical and production touches that have since become clichés, and more than just a few passages that will prompt a severe case of listener déjà vu. (Of course, many listeners may enjoy that sense of déjà vu.) As before, Danger Mouse's productions are miniature, modernist spaghetti Westerns, very closely detailed whether their major voice is an acoustic guitar or a choir of unholy voices. These are then chained to amped-up beats and beefed-up basslines to create something that sounds both vintage and up to date, all at the same time. Cee-Lo's lyrics and vocals again reveal a lunatic (or seer) who's occasionally more lucid than the sane, an enlightened psychopath wrestling with his demons and revealing the thin line between being crazy and sensible. At times, The Odd Couple is a more beautiful record than its predecessor -- the duo has never put out anything more moving on a musical and emotional level than "Who's Going to Save My Soul," and Danger Mouse's production work outshines St. Elsewhere on one track ("Open Book"). But all too often Cee-Lo relies on the same sort of lyrical cipher as on St. Elsewhere, although none of them are as effective. "I don't understand how I'm so understanding"; "I'm goin' on, and I think they'll have a place for you too"; "I could be a would-be killer" -- these are the ramblings of a madman; they may sound deep and profound late at night, but they're revealed as nonsense with the light of day.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
Thanks to Danger Mouse, the album has the always unpredictable sonic brilliance of their first collaboration, St. Elsewhere, even when the songwriting misses the mark. They don't try for any crowd-pleasing pop energy — instead, Danger Mouse filters Cee-Lo's gospel-trained voice through alien studio effects over druggy, distorted funk loops for the kind of sound they called "trip-hop" back in the Nineties. 1/2

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2008
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678994692
catalogNumber:
460236
Rank:
147594

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gnarls Barkley   Primary Artist
Jason Falkner   Organ,Bass,Guitar
Joey Waronker   Percussion,Drums
Clint Walsh   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Nistor   Percussion
Josh Klinghoffer   Bass,Electric Guitar
Daniele Luppi   Conductor

Technical Credits

Josh Deutsch   Contributor
Nigel Godrich   Producer,Engineer
Craig Kallman   Contributor
Cee Lo Green   Lyricist
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Korda Marshall   Contributor
Jeff Antebi   Management
Jay Petach   Vocal Engineer
Danger Mouse   Composer,Producer
Daniele Luppi   Arranger
Julie Greenwald   Contributor
Livia Tortella   Contributor
Paul Rayner-Brown   Contributor
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Vocal Engineer
Michael Pontecorvo   Contributor
Todd Monfalcone   Engineer
Graham Marsh   Engineer

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The Odd Couple 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Plsburydoughboy2.0 More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of album that you may not be able to get the first time (save the excitable singles Run & Going On), but just keep listening a few ties over and the whole thing grows on you. DJ Dangermouse and Cee-Lo continue to explore this world of mish-mash, hip-hop, soul & funk, with occasional flourishes to good-old rock & roll(and by that I mean rockabilly!). Dangermouse is getting subtler, the way he embeds hooks from popular songs old and new, Cee-Lo's mastered the vocality of soul, and lest I forget, the whole thing is a non-stop party track. Check out their Youtube channel for some cool videos - the one for 'Who's Gonna Save Your Soul' is hilarious!
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