St. Elsewhere (album)

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St. Elsewhere
Studio album by Gnarls Barkley
Released April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24)
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre Soul, electronic, alternative rock
Length 37:20
Label Downtown, Atlantic
Producer Danger Mouse
Gnarls Barkley chronology
St. Elsewhere
(2006)
The Odd Couple
(2008)
Singles from St. Elsewhere
  1. "Crazy"
    Released: March 13, 2006
  2. "Smiley Faces"
    Released: July 17, 2006
  3. "Who Cares?" / "Gone Daddy Gone"
    Released: November 6, 2006

St. Elsewhere is the debut album by United States alternative rock soul duo Gnarls Barkley. It was released on April 24, 2006 in the UK, where it debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and on May 9, 2006 in the United States, although it was available for purchase one week earlier as a digital download in the U.S. iTunes Store. It debuted at #20 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and peaked at #4. It topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart for 39 non-consecutive weeks in 2006 and 2007. The album's first single, "Crazy", was the first song to become a UK number one single based solely on downloads.[1] The album was certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA, for shipping 1,000,000 units.[2] By Nielsen SoundScan, sales were at 1,260,535 copies as of March 15, 2007.[citation needed] A limited edition deluxe package of St. Elsewhere was released on November 7. The CD + DVD package includes a 92-page booklet, four music videos and bonus songs from live performances. It was also released on vinyl.

Critical reception and awards[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net 85%[4]
About.com 4.5/5 stars[5]
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Dartmouth favorable[7]
E! Online A[8]
Entertainment Weekly A[9]
Guardian Unlimited 4/5 stars[10]
NME 8/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10[12]

The album has received general acclaim from critics: At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 81 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 37 reviews.[3] It was rated as the best release of 2006 by popmatters.[13] In 2007, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, with nominations for Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Crazy". St. Elsewhere placed on Slant Magazine's list of best albums of the 2000s at number 92.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Go-Go Gadget Gospel" (contains samples from "Goin Down to Freedom's Land" written by Nicholas Flagello) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo Green, Nicolas Flagello 2:19
2. "Crazy" (incorporates elements of "Last Men Standing" written by Gianfranco Reverberi and Gianpietro Reverberi) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Gianfranco Reverberi, Gian Piero Reverberi 2:59
3. "St. Elsewhere" (incorporates elements of "Geordie" arranged by Barry Clarke, David Costa, Celia Humphris and Stephen Brown) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Barry Clarke, David Costa, Celia Humphris, Unwin Brown 2:30
4. "Gone Daddy Gone"   Gordon Gano, Willie Dixon 2:28
5. "Smiley Faces"   Danger Mouse, Cee Lo 3:05
6. "The Boogie Monster" (incorporates elements of "Ku Klux Klan Sequence" written by Armando Trovaioli and Angelo Francesco Lavagnino) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Armando Trovaioli, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino 2:50
7. "Feng Shui" (incorporates elements of "Tropical" by Nino Nardini) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Nino Nardini 1:26
8. "Just a Thought" (incorporates elements of "Touch of Class"; arranged by Daniele Luppi) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Kevin Peek 3:42
9. "Transformer" (incorporates elements of "Rubber Solution" written by Marlene Moore) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Marlene Moore 2:17
10. "Who Cares?" (incorporates elements of "Mono Ski" written by Keith Mansfield) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Keith Mansfield 2:27
11. "Online"   Danger Mouse, Cee Lo 1:48
12. "Necromancer"   Danger Mouse, Cee Lo 2:57
13. "Storm Coming" (arranged and orchestrated by Daniele Luppi) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo 3:08
14. "The Last Time" (incorporates elements of "Chicano Chaser" written by Ian Langley) Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Ian Langley 3:25
Deluxe edition bonus DVD
  1. "Crazy" (video)
  2. "Gone Daddy Gone" (video)
  3. "Smiley Faces" (video)
  4. "Go Go Gadget Gospel" (video)
  5. "Gone Daddy Gone" (T4 Live)
  6. "Who Cares?" (T4 Live)
  7. "The Boogie Monster" (T4 Live)
  8. "Smiley Faces" (T4 Live)
  9. "Crazy" (T4 Live)
  10. "Crazy" (Top of the Pops version - audio)
  11. "Gone Daddy Gone" (Later... with Jools Holland version - audio)
iTunes bonus tracks[15]
  1. "Crazy" (instrumental) (Burton, Reverberi, Reverberi) – 3:00
  2. "Go-Go Gadget Gospel" (instrumental) (Burton, Flagello) – 2:14
Amazon bonus tracks[16]
  1. "Transformer" (instrumental) – 2:10
  2. "The Boogie Monster" (instrumental) – 2:49

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[17] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Credits[edit]

Samples[edit]

Taken from the St. Elsewhere liner notes:[19]

  • "Go-Go Gadget Gospel" contains samples from "Goin' Down to Freedom's Land" written and performed by Nicolas Flagello.
  • "Crazy" incorporates elements of "Last Man Standing" written and performed by Gianfranco Reverberi and co-written by Gianpiero Reverberi.
  • "St. Elsewhere" incorporates elements of "Geordie" performed by Trees and arranged by Barry Clarke, David Costa, Celia Humphris and Stephen Brown.
  • "The Boogie Monster" incorporates elements of "Ku Klux Klan Sequence" written and performed by Armando Trovaioli and Angelo Francesco Lavagnino.
  • "Feng Shui" incorporates elements of "Tropicola" written and performed by Nino Nardini.
  • "Just a Thought" incorporates elements of "A Touch of Class" written and performed by Kevin Peek.
  • "Transformer" incorporates elements of "Rubber Solution" written by Marlene Moore.
  • "Who Cares?" incorporates elements of "Mono Ski" written and performed by Keith Mansfield.
  • "Online" incorporates elements of "Welcome to the Rain" written by Flip Davis and performed by Mid Day Rain.
  • "The Last Time" incorporates elements of "Chicano Chaser" written and performed by Ian Langley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crazy song makes musical history". BBC News. April 2, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2006. 
  2. ^ PRESS RELEASE Gnarls Barkley Receives RIAA Platinum Certification; Duo's Debut Honored for Sales Exceeding One Million; "Crazy" Makes History While Scoring Three MTV VMA Nods[dead link] from Market Wire
  3. ^ a b Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere (2006): Reviews from Metacritic
  4. ^ "Absolute Punk review". Absolutepunk.net. 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  5. ^ "About.com review". Rap.about.com. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  6. ^ Bush, John (2006-05-09). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  7. ^ "The Dartmouth review". Thedartmouth.com. 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  8. ^ E! Online review[dead link]
  9. ^ "Entertainment Weekly review". Web.archive.org. 2008-07-24. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  10. ^ Petridis, Alexis (April 14, 2006). "Guardian Unlimited review". The Guardian (London). 
  11. ^ "NME review". Nme.com. 2006-04-13. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  12. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". Pitchfork.com. 2006-05-07. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "Best of the Aughts: Albums". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley". Itunes.apple.com. 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  16. ^ "St. Elsewhere (U.S. Version): Gnarls Barkley: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Gnarls Barkley; 'St. Elsewhere')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
Preceded by
Shayne Ward by Shayne Ward
UK Albums Chart number-one album
April 30, 2006 – May 6, 2006
Succeeded by
Eyes Open by Snow Patrol