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Gnarls Barkley

2006 June 21
by ifedeli

If you are musically bored and looking for new music that is actually good, and has a sound that you aren’t used to, check out Gnarls Barkley, the two man band of Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo. It’s fantastic stuff. It’s like 5 different types of music rolled into one, but not in an obnoxious way: it totally works. Also, I recomend the article in the New York Times Magazine on them…. extremely interesting.

What’s atypical about Gnarls Barkley is that the star is Burton, even though he’s barely visible onstage. Burton has the kind of paradoxical personality that’s weirdly familiar among creative types: he’s simultaneously confident and insecure, and he’s a natural introvert who elected to become a public figure. More significant, he’s a highly focused dude, and that focus is clear — Danger Mouse wants musical autonomy. He wants to be the first modern rock ‘n’ roll auteur, mostly because he understands a critical truth about the creative process: good art can come from the minds of many, but great art usually comes from the mind of one.

The D.J. Auteur – New York Times

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