The Odd Couple

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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."
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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."
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

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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678994692
  • Catalog Number: 460236
  • Sales rank: 69,507

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Charity Case (3:14)
  2. 2 Who's Gonna Save My Soul (3:17)
  3. 3 Going On (2:56)
  4. 4 Run (I'm a Natural Disaster) (2:42)
  5. 5 Would Be Killer (2:23)
  6. 6 Open Book (3:22)
  7. 7 Whatever (2:20)
  8. 8 Surprise (3:52)
  9. 9 No Time Soon (2:57)
  10. 10 She Knows (2:46)
  11. 11 Blind Mary (3:27)
  12. 12 Neighbors (3:07)
  13. 13 A Little Better (3:07)
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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
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Solid follow up

    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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