Cee-Lo Green-The Lady Killer

Cee-Lo Green first hit most people’s consciousness when he smashed the charts as one half of Gnarls Barkley, remember that ‘Crazy’ summer? (See what I did there) although he enjoyed mild success before that with the Goodie Mob it’s now that he’s come to claim his rightful soul crown. ‘F**k/Forget You’ (probably my single of the year) hit the top spot in the summer despite its profanity and cemented Cee-Lo’s amazing voice in the public domain. Now he adds to that roster with an album that’s fitting of his dulcet tones. Standout tracks like ‘Old Fashioned’ and ‘Please’ sounds like they could be straight out of the sixties while still retaining a modern edge, elsewhere the influences of his gospel upbringing can be heard alongside that of his record collection and it creates a heady mix of R’n’B, soul, motown and funk. My only criticism is why he feels like he has to still be a bit gangster/street and the bizarre ‘The Lady Killer Theme (intro)’ & (outro) are definitely surplus to requirements. But whether he hooks back up with Danger mouse or finds new collaborators doesn’t matter as long as he drops a solo album every now and then because people just don’t make records like this anymore and in a world of pop pap boy do we need them.

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