Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
Release Date: November 5, 2010
Record Label: Elektra Records
Cee Lo Green is a major member in the hip hop group The Goodie Mob and he was the vocals for Gnarls Barkley. On top of that he has a solo career and already has one album out. He has a lot under his belt musically, but does his new album stack up to any of his previous catalog? The answer is a resounding YES.
The Album has a couple uptempo and catchier songs like, "Bright Lights Bigger City" and the first single "Fuck You". Those songs make the record appealing to fans of pop but overall this is a soul and R&B record. Lately R&B is becoming a genre that is really a melting pot of hip hop influence and club targeted beats. This album is for anyone who loves the early years of R&B. The album is a road trip with Mr. Green down the musical stylings of yesteryear. Cee Lo's vocals are so silky smooth that it will have you stuck in a trance as the songs flows through and on to the next track. The beats become so engrossing that you can begin to feel them. The records sound seems highly influenced by artists such as Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye along with other funk and soul artists. You will begin to feel like you are listening to music that your parents grew up on and loved but, you will realize why they loved it.
Most of the songs on the album have to do with love in some fashion whether its making love or ending a relationship. Stand outs of the theme are "I Want You","No One's Gonna Love You" and the best named "Love Gun". The theme of love has been done by millions of artists but, Cee Lo Green blends his influences with his style and creates a true work of audio art. Calling yourself an artist is a pretentious thing in these times but, Cee Lo Green deserves the title with the way he brings an old school feel to a new school record. He really brings you back to the roots of popular music.
The Lady Killer is an interesting listen and anyone who appreciates and loves R&B and soul music should give this record a spin or three.