Throbbing Gristle, an Avant-Garde group from the UK, and Gnarls Barkley have something in common now. Other than the use of pre-recorded tape-based “samples,” and extensive use of special effects to produce a distinctive, highly distorted background, usually accompanied by lyrics or spoken-word performances by Genesis P-Orridge. Danger Mouse and Gnarls Barkley have oddly enough released The Odd Couple as a free download. There is a catch though; it’s in reverse. Starting with album closer “A Little Better,” elpuoC ddO ehT features reversed vocals and backwards beats all in one thirty-eight-minute-long track. I bet if you use Audacity you can decipher the whole thing; lotta work for a sophomoric mediocre multi-genre album. Sounding like a creepy Haunted House at the County Fair, Danger Mouse’s production still shines through, deemphasizing Cee-Lo’s voice and putting the instrumentation more in the forefront. Throbbing Gristle did this same thing in 1977 when they re-released their first album The Second Annual Report after the initial copies sold out.
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