The Odd Couple - Gnarls Barkley
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  • Summary: This is the sophomore album for producer Danger Mouse and rapper Cee-Lo Green.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Odd Couple is every bit as musically inventive as "Elsewhere."
  2. While the production values on the album are stronger, so is The Odd Couple's focus on Cee-Lo's voice.
  3. The duo’s modern take on a classic sound runs throughout the new record, a worthy 13-song sophomore effort.
  4. 80
    With producer Danger Mouse's nuanced psychedelic rock and soul backdrops, scintillating pop music with substance results. [May 2008, p.103]
  5. 70
    With The Odd Couple, Gnarls Barkley is unable to come up with anything containing as much pure pop power as their hit song "Crazy," but it's certainly not for lack of trying.
  6. Yet for all the sharp hooks and rhythmic twists, the album sags in the middle. [Apr 2008, p.127]
  7. Boring grooves that last a couple of minutes before ending abruptly just don’t cut it. What a letdown.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. JJB.
    Mar 25, 2008
    10
    The simple fact is that all the potential I saw on St. Elsewhere (a revolutionary album that I bought before the monumental hit Crazy) is realized on this groundbreaking album. It's a true classic that I'm thinking I'll be listening to for ages to come. It takes you to another place and you never want to come back. Danger Mouse's beats and Cee-Lo's vocals have made another amazing album. Expand
  2. JacobS.
    Mar 27, 2008
    10
    Awesome. There's only 2 or 3 tracks really worth complaining about (examples; Would Be Killer, She Knows), all of which I feel were great concepts that would have been astoundingly good had they been fully realized. Unfortunately, they are a little too repetive (for my taste, anyway). The rest of the album is amazing, though. I've listened to Open Book and Going On both many times, and I still get chills everytime I hear the chorus of either. Whatever is just annoying and whiny enough to be hilarious and somewhat addictive. A Little Better's lyrics/vocals are beautiful and eerie,perfectly sealing together and drawing to a close the somber feel of the album. Definitely worth a listen. Expand
  3. IanM.
    Mar 25, 2008
    9
    Overall, The Odd Couple is a stronger album than St. Elsewhere. Although individual tracks do not quite reach the dizzying heights of Crazy and Smiley Faces, there are plenty of highlights and the album undoubtedly feels more unified. Going On, Blind Mary, No Time Soon and A Little Better are all at least equal to the lead single Run so if you liked that then make sure you pick up the album!! Expand
  4. RafalR.
    Apr 18, 2008
    9
    Who's Gonna save my soul now?
  5. LouisP.
    Apr 2, 2008
    8
    If you are searching for the next great single, look elsewhere. If you are looking for an often brilliant and solid follow-up album, this is the one. Just like the first, there are a couple misses, but on the whole it's superior to the first. This is more and more obvious with repeat plays. Expand
  6. AlD.
    Mar 29, 2008
    7
    The album is definitely for pure Gnarls Barkley fans. If you were merely attracted to these kids just for the single "Crazy" back in 2006, you're going to notice that what you thought was the coolest band ever was merely an experiment that "worked" two years ago....Now....it's just eclectic soul music...love it or leave it. Expand
  7. ChrisW.
    Apr 2, 2008
    1
    The guy can't sing. The music is nothing more than sampled experimental computer BS.

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