“Runaway, run children, run for your life” because “The Odd Couple” known as Gnarls Barkley is back on the scene! Out of all the albums I have reviewed, this was the one I was waiting for. I am a huge fan of Dangermouse’s work with the Gorillaz and the Jay-Z/Beatles mixup “The Grey Album”.
Dangermouse and Cee-Lo are coming correct on their second album with a Wall-Of –Sound-vibe, horns, soul and psychedelic blues. The first single “Run (I’m A Natural Disaster)” is a natural disaster. The beats sound like charging horses and and when Cee-Lo tells you “Either you run right now/or you best get ready to die/you better/move/I said/move,” you fuckin’ move.
“Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” is pure gospel soul. You can feel the pain rising up in Cee-Lo when he sings “Who’s gonna save my soul now/I know I’m out of control now/tired enough to lay my own soul down”.
“Surprise” is a blend of 60’s surf rock and pop. “Don’t be surpised” when situations, relationship and life weigh you down or break your heart because that’s the way it goes.
“Charity Case” which is the first song on the album is a perfect chillout song. Speaking to the problem when you can help everyone but yourself, but maybe “if I help somebody, baby there’s mercy for me”.
“The Odd Couple” is very well rounded and mature. The emotions are honest and the music pulls from the best of all genres. I think the criticism in the press that there’s not a new “Crazy” on this album is bullshit.
The problem with albums and the music industry is that it is so generic. Everyone is worried about crafting hits and beats and there is no focus on honest songwriting and being inventive. So if being honest and inventive is odd, then I guess calling Dangermouse and Cee-Lo the “Odd Couple” is very fitting.