St. Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. St. Elsewhere deftly balances solid songcraft with free-floating weirdness for a project that's suavely international but unmistakably American.
  2. St. Elsewhere is a bumpy but mesmerizing ride.
  3. As we approach the halfway point of 2006, it's unlikely that a more vivid or arresting debut will drop this year, marking St. Elsewhere as not only an audacious accomplishment, but one of the year's best.
  4. 86
    More soulful and funky than any of Dangermouse's previous efforts. [#20, p.101]
  5. It is often silly, occasionally ridiculous, always catchy as hell, and as loose as an album with this kind of production credit can be. What more could we ask from a pop record?
  6. Both artists have stepped outside their regular roles to make what feels like a genuinely instinctive, love-fuelled record that zings with an enthusiasm for all spectrums of music.
  7. With “Crazy,” the duo hits its apex without really shrouding the rest of the album.
  8. Every song on this exhilarating debut... is almost as good as its first hit, "Crazy." That's saying a lot. [6 May 2006]
  9. 100
    Weird, wonderful and, yes, super.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 64
  2. Negative: 7 out of 64
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    The only reason I listened to the album "St. Elsewhere" is because of "Crazy".
  2. MikeK
    Jun 1, 2006
    I agree, if you think this is a "0" or a "1" type of album, you ARE crazy. This feels like a breakthrough in r&b - yeah, it's supposedly hip hop, but the best cuts sound like a new kind of soul record, where the r&b vocals (not rapping) are married to a cool atmospheric production - DJ Danger Mouse sounds like the Brian Eno of r&b here. I don't think this is a start-to-finish engaging record, but the best tracks are amazing ("Summer" sounds like neo-NEO-soul rather than straight up dance). Full Review »
  3. ChrisW
    Jun 25, 2006
    1) First off it is way too confusing to listen to. Like pick a style and go with it! Don