When you release a single as brilliant and monstrously massive as â€˜Crazyâ€™, itâ€™s difficult not to subconsciously let that hit track overshadow the rest of the album. But itâ€™s fine testament to Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green that theyâ€™ve made such an effortlessly cohesive work that takes in a plethora of styles and really works as a whole. Refreshingly, itâ€™s an album that defies pigeonholing â€“ funk, soul, pop, dub, house, hip-hop are all at home here and contribute to a benchmark album of 2007.
Kicking off with the mish-mash sounds of â€˜Go-Go Gadget Gospelâ€™, with zany trumpets, Cee-Loâ€™s booming yelps and gospel vocals, itâ€™s a sure-fire taste of things to come. Thankfully, (and with absolutely no need of an introduction) â€˜Crazyâ€™ is out the way early, paving the way for the rest of the album to flow freely starting with the soulful crooning sounds of the album title track. A cover of the Violent Femmes tune, the insanely catchy interpretation of â€˜Gone Daddy Goneâ€™ built around a hyperactive electronic hook and an infectious chorus, hints that there may be more smash single to some yet. Importantly, it soon becomes transparent that the duo clearly donâ€™t take themselves too seriously, typified by â€˜The Boogie Monsterâ€™ complete with mock-horror noises and almost comical monster noises. Nice.
After the respite of â€˜Feng Shuiâ€™ the album reaches another zenith with â€˜Just A Thoughtâ€™ all clattering drums and plaintive grooves, Cee-Loâ€™s desperate call is genuinely affecting. Followed by the frankly manic and very Outkast-esque â€˜Transformerâ€™, itâ€™s all proof, thereâ€™s many sides to their art. After a slight blip in proceedings, the duo subvert things with the disturbed and sinister â€˜Necromancerâ€™ â€“ a song about necrophilia, well naturally and enticingly showing that beneath the pop faÃ§ade of Gnarls Barkley thereâ€™s a sinister underbelly.
While Cee-Loâ€™s inimitable vocals are undeniably a crux part of â€˜St Elsewhereâ€™, Danger Mouse is definitely the real star here with his inspired production. The man has concocted bounteous delectable sounds, but crucially the album never gets muddy. Cool as fuck.