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Gnarls Barkley Give Away "The Odd Couple" In Reverse

April 17, 2008 4:25 PM ET

This piece should have been called "esreveR nI elpuoC ddO ehT yawA eviG yelkraB slranG. Gnarls Barkley's The Odd Couple just became odder. Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo have inexplicably posted their new album as a free download. One thing, though: it's backwards. Starting with album closer "A Little Better," elpuoC ddO ehT features reversed vocals and backwards beats all in one thirty-eight-minute-long track. While sounding like the soundtrack for a film about Satanists, Danger Mouse's production still shines through, deemphasizing Cee-Lo's voice and putting the instrumentation more in the forefront. Download the thing for yourself here.

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