Cee-Lo Green / The Lady Killer


The Lady Killer

Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1974),[1] better known by his stage name Cee-Lo Green or simply Cee-Lo, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He originally came to prominence as a member of the southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob, later launching a critically acclaimed solo career[2] and forming Gnarls Barkley with DJ/producer Danger Mouse.

Among Cee-Lo’s hits are the singles “Closet Freak” (2002); “I’ll Be Around” (2003), produced by Timbaland; “Crazy” (2006), by Gnarls Barkley; and “Fuck You” (aka “Forget You”) (2010).

The Analysis:

The Lady Killer Theme—-Clocking in at just a minute and a half, this kind of sets your mind right for the entire release that is about to unfold. Cee-Lo manages to deliver lines and a voice that is seductive and fueled by a nice blues piano…leading you into….

Bright Lights Bigger City—-Call this as you will….is it R N’ B, is if Funk, is it Progressive Dance….shit I call it New millennium Disco!!! This is flavored and almost devoured with a throwback Motown sound that is only rescued by the remarkable vocal that this guy is able to deliver. This is huge fun….danceable, groove-able and damn pleasant. This is Gnarls Barkley X 3000!!!

Fuck You—-How audacious to title a song this…how even more incredible for it to become a radio hit. It seems that there is little that Green can do wrong. This has a piano line that runs through it that rivals the best 70’s Elton John and a soulful vocal delivery that rivals even Sam Cooke. This is played on the dance floor and in the dark and dank clubs at  3 in the A.M…..can you say classic?

Wildflower—-From the very first strains of this track, you know that you are in for a treat. Green manages to conjure up his inner romantic freak on this song…leading you down a pebbly path that is remarkably smooth and clean. The voice is just incredible…he never loses a note and delivers every line in a tone that really makes you feel every bit of emotion…this is very danceable, but has an incredible dark feel to it as well…damn near genius!

Bodies—-Every track on this release has that swirling Disco sound that anyone who was around in the 70’s finds instantly recognizable. This track…although it begins in a rather odd fashion, is missing that sound a bit. This is much darker and reminds me of some of the earliest Green material. the voice is incredible…I just can’t believe he hits some of the notes that he does…this is brilliant…I much prefer this over some of the other stuff on here…falling back on my darker side I guess.

Love Gun—-Now, this is Funk…..delivered with gasoline!!! I love this stuff…I love all of the little sounds that go on in the back drop of the song…headphones bring them right to the forefront of your brain. The female vocal…I should know who this is…only adds to the versatility of the track. Green enters with his clear and concise voice and makes the track a huge dark sex romp…could you ever ask for more?

Satisfied—-Returning to that Disco fueled, horn driven funk sound that was huge in the 70’s, Green also adds a chorus that is so damn catchy you will secretly be singing this song for days. This is one of those huge, fun guilty pleasures that you won’t admit you love but sing at the top of your lungs in the shower. Delivered with a nice dance beat…and enough funk to energize you for days…this is a favorite!

I Want You—-From the opening strains of the song you think back to old groups like Blue Magic….when the vocal and the horns enter you think of Mark Ronson and Danger Mouse. This is damn near genius…who would ever imagine such romantic, funky sex appeal from Cee-Lo back in the Goodie Mob days?

Cry Baby—-This is another huge horns influenced R N’ B track that has enough back drop vocals to remind you of those huge hits from the emerging black Radio hits of the late 60’s. This is throwback but comes across remarkably fresh and magnetic….I won’t stop listening to this for quite sometime…no wonder everyone has been telling me to get this CD!

Fool For You—-Building and building until the track breaks wide open, this is another of those songs where you can picture Green in your mind’s eye with his dark shades open on a stage singing to a backing track at a talent show and bringing down the house with his emotional delivery. The notes this guy manages to hit are incredible…you would never, ever imagine his look with his vocal delivery…this takes you to a different place that is wonderfully fun and sexy!

It’s OK—-Beginning with an organ sound that transports you back to much easier days, this is energetic and fun. This is PURE Motown funk that is delivered with purity and a remarkably fresh approach. I am just amazed by how well Green manages to transport a sound that was so big so long ago and makes it sound fresh and updated. This is just pure delicious.

Old Fashioned—-Full of Doo-Wop sounds that bring a smile to my face every single time i hear it, this is an incredible track. I love this stuff…Green delivers a vocal that is much deeper at times and a bit of a surprise…almost bordering on a Gospel delivery. This is brilliant…like he is in a Church full of hat wearing women getting ready to throw down for the Lord…..BRILLIANT!!!

No One’s Gonna Love You—-Still a bit slow and driven by a Gospel tinge, this CD might be about two tracks too long, but I’m already salivating for another release from this guy. There are some real high points to this track…Green sings in a much more natural voice and it is so damn pleasing and full that you almost melt!!! This is wonderful, soft, emotional and full of all kinds of shattering emotions. Just Wonderful!!! Ok, never mind….my favorite song on this whole release!!!!

The Lady Killer Theme—-Ending the release much as it began….big surprise…but at least consistent….the joy of a CD…..you can listen to this 100,000 times….and I promise you I will!!!!

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

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