New York's producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton, better known for mixing together vocals and beats from Jay Z's Black Album and snippets from the Beatles' White Album to create his Grey Album (2004), formed
Gnarls Barkley with Goodie Mob's flamboyant vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Thomas DeCarlo Callaway).
The soul, pop and hip-hop hybrid of their St Elsewhere (2006) signaled
a shift towards a reappropriation of the past.
The Wilson Pickett-ian soul music
Go-Go Gadget Gospel, with a jazzy trumpet fanfare,
the funny horror boogie The Boogie Monster,
the aggressive and melodramatic Storm Coming
attack different facets of music of the 1960s.
The bestselling single Crazy, one of the catchiest hits of the year, with a vintage-sounding melody and vintage-sounding arrangements over a steady disco beat, could have been from the late 1970s.
Alas, the rest of the album is pure crap. This should have been a 6-song EP
The Odd Couple (2008) included a new hit, Run, but, despite
the hype, it mostly leveraged 1960s nostalgia without the creative effervescence
of the debut.
joined forces with
James Mercer of the Shins
Broken Bells (Columbia, 2010), a tour de force and a collage of
The four-song EP Meyrin Fields (2011) added the title-track and
Heartless Empire to their canon.
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