“I’m often asked, ‘What do I do for a living?’ And I answer, ‘I do what I want.'” —CeeLo Green
The most powerful soul voice of our generation will release his new album ‘The Lady Killer’ on November 9, 2010. We at Vivascene have listened to an advance copy and have this to say: buy it. Not because it has the viral single ‘Fuck You’ on it, though that’s one of the catchiest songs in years. And not because Cee-Lo is one of the Big Talents of our time. We think you need to own this record because it’s one of the most soulful and majestic records in many a year, in any genre.
‘The Lady Killer’ has its faults. It’s a song or two too long, but we’re hard pressed to say which tracks should have been left off. This album is going to grow on you, so it’s too soon to say which tunes are going to make their way slowly into your life and stay there, and which tunes are so ear-grabbingly pleasurable that in two months you’ll be absolutely sick of hearing them. Until you put them away for a while that is.
On the first three or four hearings though, these are the standout tracks: ‘Bright Lights Bigger City (with guest Wiz Khalifa)’, ‘Old Fashioned’, and the outstanding cover of the Band of Horses song ‘No One’s Going to Love You’.
‘Bright Lights Bigger City’ has a Billie Jean beat set against synth-pop smoothness. It’s a winner. Take a listen through the video below and see if you agree.
CeeLo works with a stellar group of producers on this record: they include Salaam Remi who has worked with Nas and Amy Winehouse; also present are Jack Splash (Alicia Keys) and Fraser T. Smith (Nelly Furtado).
This is his first solo work in six years. We think it was worth the wait.
Brian Miller is the Publisher and Editor of Vivascene. A former record store owner, business executive and business writer, he is devoted to great music, classical guitar, vinyl records and high end audio. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org