Mini-Album Review: Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple

Posted by matt on April 7, 2008

gnarls_barkley_odd_couple.jpg Artist: Gnarls Barkley
Album: The Odd Couple
Wikipedia Genre(s): Neo soul, Electronic, Hip hop, Alternative
Matt’s Fav Tracks: Charity Case, Going On, Surprise
# times listened:
Moderate (10 – 25 times)
Matt’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Buy CD: Amazon
Have a listen: Non-DRM MP3’s on Amazon

With the impossible task of following up the originality and success of their first album, Gnarls Barkley managed to avoid the sophomore slump (for the most part). While St. Elsewhere didn’t leave my car CD player 2 summers ago, I’m finding the tracks this go-around more complicated and varied, yet forgettable.

While this is by no means a bad album, the hooks just aren’t as strong as St. Elsewhere. If you are new to the band, you’ll probably be intrigued by the instrumentation and the multiple layers of musical styles these guys can whip up. Live, they are also quite a treat as they tend to dress up as movie characters, i.e.:

They are going to be on Saturday Night Live next week (April 12, 2008), though I’m interested more in seeing what they’ll do for the performance rather than hearing stuff from the new album. Still, a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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  1. Phil McCracken Said,

    Hey, don’t you have to purchase the music in order to review it?