Gone Daddy Gone
Label: Downtown Recordings/Atl
As the feature presentation flickers into life, the auditorium lights dim and you're instantly submerged in Gnarls Barkley's world of insanity, shadowy genius, depression and hard-earned revelation. St. Elsewhere is the first collaboration between trailblazing singer Cee-Lo and experimental producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse. Songs such as "Crazy" and "Boogie Monster" are steeped in hip-hop, soul and psychedelia, yet the album manages to maintain a distinctly pop flavor and is as addictive as it is inventive. Cee-Lo soars throughout, and Danger Mouse continues to produce idiosyncratic and cinematic hip-hop. Uncanny and unrelenting, St. Elsewhere is a must see.