Cee-Lo Green – The Lady Killer’s got soul
I’ve got another great musical discovery to thank my son for. He played Gnarls Barkley when the song Crazy was a hit back in 2006. It was catchy and I liked it ok but figured that Cee-Lo Green (half of the Gnarls Barkley duo that also includes Danger Mouse) was just another artist. It appears I was wrong. I’ll admit I’m not all that well versed in the world of soul but for lack of a better term I’d call his album (released November 2010) “The Lady Killer” a modern soul record. It crosses a few musical styles and brings in some hip hop elements but the bulk of it is poppy soul.
I’d heard the song “Fuck You” when it went viral and although it’s a bit of a toe tapper I’d miscategorized and dismissed the record based on that one song. Barrett has been playing the album non-stop for a few days and every time my ears have perked up and now I’m the one playing it over and over.
The songs Fool For You and Old Fashioned would be right at home on a Solomon Burke album. There’s a beat infused cover of Band Of Horses No One’s Gonna Love you, and my favorite track, the Motown influenced Satisfied which you can hear above.
The whole album is great. Check it out!
Here’s an uncensored video from Jools Holland but please don’t let it prevent you from checking out the whole record like it did me.