Sharkey & C-Ray Walz Are...Monster Maker 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… Sharkey & C-Ray Walz Are...Monster Maker 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… 2007-07-24 Sharkey & C-Ray Walz Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Sharkey & C-Rayz Walz Are...Monster Maker (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 24, 2007; Lead Performance: Sharkey & C-Ray Walz; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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+
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Originally posted Jul 20, 2007 Published in issue #945 Jul 27, 2007 Order article reprints
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