If you’re hoping Gnarls Barkley come up with another massive pop smash on their highly anticipated sophomore release, The Odd Couple, you must be crazy. If Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green could do Crazy more than once, they would’ve filled up their first disc, St. Elsewhere, with other equally memorable tunes rather than resorting to Violent Femmes covers.
It may be premature to call Gnarls Barkley one-hit wonders, but the half-assed attempts at creating catchy tunes here imply that Crazy was a lucky strike that will never be repeated. They’ve still got a lot of production and arrangement gimmicks to throw around – they’re really big on hand-clapping bits here – but they’re short on striking melodies, intriguing lyrics and captivating vocal performances. Boring grooves that last a couple of minutes before ending abruptly just don’t cut it. What a letdown.