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Interview: Gnarls Barkley are aware of their own oddness and uniqueness. Can you dig it?

Billboard — The title of Gnarls Barkley’s sophomore record is the first, and probably last, funny thing about it.

If the band’s 2006 debut, “St. Elsewhere,” seemed to sail in from some neighboring planet — a pop disc that smeared itself with psychedelic weirdness, a vague sense of the creepy and a knockout Violent Femmes cover — the follow-up is a much trickier trip to the dark side. (“I’m not doing so good,” a serious-sounding Cee-Lo Green intones on the otherwise effervescent opening track, “Charity Case.”)

But where there’s darkness there’s light, Green says. And as Gnarls Barkley — Green’s musical partnership with Danger Mouse — prepares for the April 8 release of its highly anticipated sophomore set for Downtown/Atlantic, “The Odd Couple,” he’s making sure to keep focused on both.

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