Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New Gnarls Barkley - "Run" (Plus Album Art?)

Download: Gnarls Barkley - "Run" (Via Mission Freak)
Download: Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy"

Mission Freak has posted what its claiming to be a new Gnarls Barkley track, a song titled "Run". Their forthcoming album, titled The Odd Couple, is due to be released in April. The image you see in this post was posted on their MySpace page earlier this morning and, to these eyes, looks like an album cover in the making. Only time will tell for sure.

As for "Run" itself, it has a distinctly 60s flavor to it, an impression which the organ line in the song absolutely justifies. One commenter on Mission Freak compared the wash of organ in "Run" Cream, and while I don't 100 percent agree with the comparison, it certainly is in the ballpark regarding the old-school soul/rock vibe of the track. To me, "Run" comes off more like an Aretha Franklin song after a swig of Redbull and Vodka. The chorus in particular echoes Franklin's great kiss-off track "Think". Like Franklin's narrator, the person singing the song here is telling someone else to hit the road, jack. Though it probably won't be as big a hit as "Crazy", Gnarls Barkley demonstrate that they're in it for the artistic long haul.

Rolling Stone got a sneak peak at the album and you can read their opinion by clicking on the hyperlink at the beginning of the sentence.

In the meantime, listen to "Run" at the top of the post (again, courtesy of Mission Freak), as well as the hit that started this all, "Crazy".

Gnarls Barkley MySpace Page

(Jonathan Graef)

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