Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Broccoli Mics and Blood Clots

The video for Who's Gonna Save My Soul is truly a remarkable concept.

Kudos to Gnarls Barkley for providing the screenwriter with the artistic freedom to interpret the lyrics (if that is, in fact, what happened). How a song inspired by the death of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, has added meaning as an ode about unrequited love is a testament to the poetry of musical lyrics.

The original meaning of the lyrics aside, I was entertained by the candid perspective of the breakup. The dialogue was as real as it gets, but more importantly, unconventionally bearable. By that I mean, you didn't feel bad for the guy being dumped (which is typically not the case) because he didn't exhibit the typical emotions of anger or despondence.

I was certainly caught off-guard by the singing heart with the broccoli microphone and clotting blood trail, but I imagine that's to be expected from a group as eclectic as Gnarls Barkley. All in all, a really amazing video for an even more amazing song.

I encourage you to cop the Odd Couple album if you haven't already.

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