The Odd Couple

Common Sense Media says

Refreshing, eclectic mix of genres; a bit somber.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Deep thoughts throughout the funky tracks, such as "Ooh it's probably plain to see/that there's a whole lot of pain in me...Yet here I am trying again/'cause I refuse to die in vein/The circumstances put soul in me/and there ain't no holding me" and "I don't have any friends at all/'cause I have nothing in common with ya'll/So who's gonna catch me if I fall/my back's always against the wall/I don't have anything to say/I want everything to go my way/Shut up mom it is not OK/I'm alone almost every day."


The track "Would Be Killer" deals with violent issues, though not explicitly or directly: "Did you know I could be/a would be killer/If suddenly I should be/I would be killer…Oh I've been entered by evil/So someone best love me right now." There's also: "And didn't have long to know/that you don't have to be grown to go/I could have died so long before/Then I finally saw the sign/And I made it on down the line/one step at a time."

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One song, "Whatever," has some lines of profanity: "She's going steady with someone else/I don't know what else to do/said f--k me/well f--k you too/I know it sounds real sad but true/Being alone is nothing new."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Can't you feel the pain/when the needle hits the vein/Ain't nothing like the real thing/I've seen it once before/and oh it's something else."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know there's a lot going on under the flashy musical surface of Gnarls Barkley's second album, including some introspective and sometimes somber lyrics, which are truthful but fine for young teens. "F--k" is said twice in one song and the band references drugs in passing, but other than that, there's not a lot to be concerned about.

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What's the story?

Gnarls Barkley is back with a follow-up to the duo's hugely popular and critically-acclaimed debut. Consisting of super-producer Danger Mouse and vocalist Cee-Lo, Gnarls Barkley creates a unique sound that is difficult to classify into one musical genre. They may be a unique pairing, but they're also a match made in modern music heaven, seamlessly combining a cross-section of American musical genres from everything from blues and jazz to doo-wop and techno.

Is it any good?


There are plenty of musical effects, catchy choruses, and up-tempo beats, but these two musicians make more than just pretty music. The lyrics are thoughtful, sometimes even philosophical and somber, accented by Cee-Lo's sincere and affable vocals. Gnarls Barkley is bold enough to create a sound all its own, welcoming fans of all musical stylings. Those who dug the single "Crazy" from the group's first album won't be disappointed by this new offering, with standout tracks such as "Neighbors" and "She Knows" maintaining that familiar "Gnarly" mash-up sound.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this album represents an "odd couple." The duo is made up of two very different musicians. How does the music reflect the combination of different styles, such as rock and hip-hop? How unusual is it to see a mixed race duo? Do you think this contributes to the group's appeal?

Music details

Artist:Gnarls Barkley
Release date:March 18, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written bywowiamcool108 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

The best, most original album in years

This is an absolutely fantastic album. The most original Ive heard in years. The songs are a bit quirky and different, and thus require something out of the listener to unlock their full potential. There are refrences to love, not sex. There are two light drug refrences. Besides two quick uses of f—k in on song, language is not an issue. While violence is not directly stated, death is constant topic of songs, and is viewed from all angles. "Little Bit Better" looks at the sad past of the singer (including death/abusive parents), "Who's Gonna Save My Soul" talks about the death of a close friend, "Would Be Killer" looks at death/murder from a killer's perspective, and last/best of all "Going On" is a bitter sweet song about the singer dying telling friends not to worry having lived life to the fullest “my mind is already gone / and I’m going on / to a place in the sun that’s nice and warm.” “Blind Mary” reveals truths about living life to fullest through the eyes of a blind woman (no pun intended). If you look past the funky beats, you’ll see a very interesting examination life and death.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 April 19, 2009

Great production and off-beat lyrics make good album!

Not as good as their debut, but Gnarls Barkley certainly deliver an excellent album with amazing original tracks.
Teen, 13 years old Written bykngoqueenz April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Good track: Goin On


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