Simon Vozick-Levinson
July 20, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sharkey & C-Ray Walz Are...Monster Maker

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

How many listeners want to hear hyperactive tunes about alienation and pain from an eccentric hip-hop duo? Quite a few, actually — just ask Gnarls Barkley. Though Monster Maker is unlikely to yield a ”Crazy”-size hit, the CD does offer its own peculiar pleasures, with Walz’s frantic rants making mincemeat out of producer Sharkey’s busy electro-organic beats. The standout track? A reimagining of Eddy Grant’s ”Electric Avenue,” wherein the ominous mood gives way to one of inspired silliness. B+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Electric Avenue

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