For the first time in ages I have been assualted and challenged by an album....Gnarls Berkley manages to pull in the past, twist it, reinvent it, and come up with a new mix, a new challenge to our ears. This is a real achievement in the age of crank-the-handle-spit-it-out-for-the-proles age.
We are at a time when everything seems to have been done, dusted, and T-shirted. Gnarls makes a wonderfully brave attempt to re-mix and re-discover it all. Some of the songs are instant masterpieces, others are an adventure, some an experiment. Finally, real artists having a go....
We can only stand aside and applaud, every song is engaging and, a new thing for these days, both entertaning and challenging.
I think this is a wonderful laboratory, and can't wait for the next three albums...it can only get better....something new for once!
P.S. great musicianship, lead singer excellent, backing superlative, and if nothing else, it is ALIVE!!!!
Buy, feel, discover what energy is again, listen to the lyrics and agree.....gagging for more! (4 stars as I know more is to come......)