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New Music Review: Gnarls Barkley - "Going On"

I know, I know. This track has been out since the release of Barkley’s sophomore album, ‘The Odd Couple’, I get it; but take a bite out of this scenario: Imagine putting out your first LP as a collaborative effort, receiving rave review after rave review, winning enough awards to fill a bomb shelter, and then getting so much hype about your next record…Only to come back with a dud of an album?

That is the dilemma that Gnarls Barkley faces with ‘Couple’.

Not only does the flagship single, “Run”, fall very short of the curve, but the other eleven or so tracks serve as a sort of fodder for the duo’s half-assed attempt at one-upping ‘St. Elsewhere’. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. Their second single, “Going On” has all the makings of an amazing, pseudo-conscious masterpiece—with an out-of-this-world music video, might I add—without running the risk of being overplayed like its “Crazy” cousin. This track shows no signs of falling on deaf ears.

Directed by Wendy Morgan and filmed in Jamaica with the Edna Manley dancers and Dynamite Empress.

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