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Gnarls Barkley
St. Elsewhere Deluxe Edition
Downtown Records / Atlantic

What do you get when you cross copious amounts of Stevie Wonder vibe with Violent Femmes lyrical quirkiness and Danger Mouse production? You get Gnarls Barkley. And that ain't bad at all, folks. The fine folks over at the GB camp decided to re-release their breakthrough masterpiece St. Elsewhere in a cool deluxe format that includes more music, videos and cool graphics.

Starting on the front cover you get cool sideways moving graphics of the blowing up civilization graphics with which Gnarls Barkley have become synonymous. That's pretty cool in itself, but also included is a cool flip-book with some brilliant ink-blots turned to Hendrix turned to Danger Mouse type stuff and complete liner notes for the record. Also, pretty cool. But then you get the original St. Elsewhere record, complete with the viciously cool remake of the Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone" and the ultra-groovy soulfulness of "Crazy". Your ears are treated to the unique hip hop vibes of the spacey "Smiley Faces" and the cheerily creepy "Boogie Monster". The indirect homage to Stevie continues on the trippy "Just A Thought" and the quick urban rhythms of "Transformer". The Motown-for-the-next-century sound of "Storm Coming" is incredibly smooth, while "Last Time" closes the record with a swirling keyboard vibe that would make even the most hip-hop unfriendly folks out there groove to the sweet tracks laid down by Danger Mouse. This, too, is pretty fucking cool.

But to top all this off, you also get a sweet little second disc that includes the videos for "Crazy", "Gone Daddy Gone", and a couple more. The only thing that makes the music of Gnarls Barkley more enjoyable is watching the oftentimes strangely comical visuals that accompany the brilliance of the music. The video for "Gone Daddy Gone" is weirdly erotic, in a bug spray kind of way, and well worth the package in itself… you know, if you haven't gotten your fill on YouTube already. But, to top off the extra disc, you also get a couple of live audio performances from Top Of The Pops and Later With Jools Holland. I kind of doubted this music could ever really be presented live, but after seeing these taped performances, I'm thinking I'll be trekking out to catch Gnarls next time they come to town.

All of this is very cool. Trust me. Remember, kids… you not only get a great record, but enhanced visual packaging and a cool DVD of extras that is truly the shiz-nizzle. Get on out and enhance your Gnarls Barkley experience with this cool deluxe edition. Get it now.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
Disc: 1
1. Go-Go Gadget Gospel
2. Crazy
3. St. Elsewhere
4. Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want to Make Love to You
5. Smiley Faces
6. Boogie Monster
7. Feng Shui
8. Just a Thought
9. Transformer
10. Who Cares?
11. Online
12. Necromancer
13. Storm Coming
14. Last Time

Disc: 2 (DVD)
1. Crazy
2. Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want to Make Love to You
3. Smiley Faces
4. Go-Go Gadget Gospel
5. Crazy (Top Of The Pops Version)
6. Gone Daddy Gone (Later With Jools Holland Version)

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