St. Elsewhere (album)

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St. Elsewhere
St Elsewhere Cover Art.JPG
Studio album by Gnarls Barkley
ReleasedApril 24, 2006 (2006-04-24)
Recorded2005–2006
Genre
Length37:20
Label
ProducerDanger 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 American 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 No. 20 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and peaked at No. 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.[6] The album was certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA, for shipping 1,000,000 units.[7] 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.

Background[edit]

The group created an elaborate backstory for the "Gnarls Barkley" persona, claiming to be close friends of Lester Bangs, Isaac Hayes, Gordon Gano, and lovers of Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.[2] The character taught the band Kraftwerk English, as well as set up a meeting between the group Wu-Tang Clan and members of the Stuckist art movement.[2] In promotional photographs, the group wears costumes similar to the character Alex from A Clockwork Orange.[2]

Critical reception and awards[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB+[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
The Independent4/5 stars[9]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[10]
NME8/10[11]
Pitchfork7.7/10[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]
Spin4/5 stars[14]

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.[8] It was rated as the best release of 2006 by PopMatters.[15] 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.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Go-Go Gadget Gospel"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo Green, Nicolas Flagello2:19
2."Crazy"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Gian Franco Reverberi, Gian Piero Reverberi2:58
3."St. Elsewhere"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Barry Clarke, David Costa, Celia Humphris, Unwin Brown2:30
4."Gone Daddy Gone"Gordon Gano, Willie Dixon2:28
5."Smiley Faces"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo3:05
6."The Boogie Monster"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Armando Trovaioli, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino2:50
7."Feng Shui"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Nino Nardini1:26
8."Just a Thought"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Kevin Peek3:42
9."Transformer"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Marlene Moore2:17
10."Who Cares?"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Keith Mansfield2:27
11."Online"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo1:48
12."Necromancer"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo2:57
13."Storm Coming" (arranged and orchestrated by Daniele Luppi)Danger Mouse, Cee Lo3:08
14."The Last Time"Danger Mouse, Cee Lo, Ian Langley3:25
iTunes bonus tracks[17]
  1. "Crazy" (instrumental) (Burton, Reverberi, Reverberi) – 3:00
  2. "Go-Go Gadget Gospel" (instrumental) (Burton, Flagello) – 2:14
Amazon bonus tracks[18]
  1. "Transformer" (instrumental) – 2:10
  2. "The Boogie Monster" (instrumental) – 2:49
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)

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 Gian Franco Reverberi and co-written by Gian Piero 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.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[20] Gold 100,000^
France (SNEP)[21] Gold 106,600[22]
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,400,000 [24]^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Preston (May 12, 2006). "Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Petridis, Alexis (April 14, 2006). "Gnarls Barkley, St Elsewhere". The Guardian. London. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Bush, John. "St. Elsewhere – Gnarls Barkley". AllMusic. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (May 10, 2006). "Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Browne, David (May 8, 2006). "St. Elsewhere". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  6. ^ "Crazy song makes musical history". BBC News. April 2, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2006.
  7. ^ 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 from Market Wire
  8. ^ a b "Reviews for St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley". Metacritic. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  9. ^ Gill, Andy (April 21, 2006). "Album: Gnarls Barkley". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on October 21, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  10. ^ Kun, Joseph (May 6, 2006). "All history lessons should be such fun". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  11. ^ Long, Pat (April 13, 2006). "Gnarls Barkley: St Elsewhere". NME. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  12. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (May 7, 2006). "Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  13. ^ Relic, Peter (May 9, 2006). "Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 28, 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  14. ^ Fennessey, Sean (June 2006). "Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere". Spin. 22 (6): 80. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  15. ^ [1] Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "Best of the Aughts: Albums". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 10, 2010. It was released in Franceon May 2, 2006.
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley". Itunes.apple.com. 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  18. ^ "St. Elsewhere (U.S. Version): Gnarls Barkley: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  19. ^ "Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Gnarls Barkley; 'St. Elsewhere')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  21. ^ "French album certifications – Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  22. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr. SNEP. Archived from the original on 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  23. ^ "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. 
  24. ^ https://books.google.hr/books?id=xGl78gyjknMC&pg=RA3-PA24&dq=charlotte+gainsbourg+nielsen+soundscan&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiklZqOrOzZAhXBGCwKHeemDa0Q6AEIPDAF#v=onepage&q&f=false