There aren’t many voices that can do justice to a Thom Yorke melody. (We saw a bunch of our favorite bands take on the OK Computer movements with OKX to varying results.) But it just so happens Gnarls Barkley have one of the better singers in the game. Gnarls have been covering In Rainbows’ “Reckoner” in their live sets lately, and we finally found a YouTube clip — from their set in San Diego three nights ago (right during Comic Con, no less) — that does some audio and visual justice to Cee-Lo’s take. Not even those introductory cigarette drags can get in the way.
Never has a tanktop contained so much soul. You already knew Gnarls gives good cover — but when you have Cee-Lo you can do it even while playing it relatively straight. This one’s fighting with the hearty “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?” video for Gnarls moment of the month. If you want more “Reckoner”s to choose from, here’s one from Madrid, and another from last night at the Hollywood Bowl.
UPDATE: Here is much better video: