St. Elsewhere

St. Elsewhere

by Gnarls BarkleyGnarls Barkley


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The name sounds more like a dog's than a band's, but then again, everything about Gnarls Barkley is a little odd. A collaboration between onetime Goodie Mob singer Cee-Lo Green and in-demand producer (and Gorillaz member) Danger Mouse, St. Elsewhere was recorded over the course of three years, with ideas traded via email and the post office. It is a record that defies categorization, not to mention logic and the normal rules of the music biz. But it is also insanely catchy, overflowing with ideas, and stocked with at least one left-field hit. Powered by a soaring, string-laden chorus, "Crazy" is one of those songs -- like Outkast's "Hey Ya" -- that everyone seems to like; it's invaded the pop culture zeitgeist like a force of nature. The rest of St. Elsewhere is all over the musical and lyrical map but no less entertaining. "Smiley Faces" bounces like classic Motown; "Boogie Monster" channels Screamin' Jay Hawkins; and a gonzo cover of the Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone" lives up to the hype. You also get the Dirty-South-at-a-bar-mitzvah that is "Go-Go Gadget Gospel," and "Feng Shui" would be perfect for any space-age bachelor pad cocktail party. Sometimes it seems like St. Elsewhere is an attempt at making an album that could be played at any party. St. Elsewhere may evince a multiple-personality disorder, but it's a misdiagnosis to say that Gnarls Barkley are suffering from it.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0825646326723
catalogNumber: 626249
Rank: 4960

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gnarls Barkley   Primary Artist
Eric Bobo   Drums
David Piltch   Bass
Daniele Luppi   Synthesizer Bass,Mini Moog
Menta Malone   Background Vocals
Doctor President   Organ,Bass,Guitar
Tomika Walden   Background Vocals
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet
Eddie Reyes   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Kevin Peek   Composer
Barry Clarke   Arranger,Composer
David Costa   Arranger,Composer
Gordon Gano   Composer
Celia Humphris   Arranger,Composer
Gian Piero Reverberi   Composer
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino   Composer
Armando Trovaioli   Composer
Keith Mansfield   Composer
Nino Nardini   Composer
Kam Tang   Illustrations
Jeff Antebi   Management
Danger Mouse   Producer,Audio Production
Armando Trovajoli   Composer
Daniele Luppi   Arranger,Orchestration,Synthesizer Orchestration,Organ Arrangement
Thomas Callaway   Composer
Gianfranco Reverberi   Composer
Brian Burton   Composer
Stephen Brown   Arranger
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Ian Langley   Composer
Nicholas Flagello   Composer

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