I was feeling a little uninspired this week. I had a couple new albums in rotation, but nothing was getting me giddy with excitement â€“ nothing I was dying to share with you. Then mid-week, there it was â€“ an email from Bodden with news of Cee-Lo Greenâ€™s newest release The Lady Killer. I had totally forgotten that this album was on its way. It was the best news of the week. Once I got my hands on it, I couldnâ€™t stop my finger from hitting the REPEAT button. In this case, Cee-Lo was truly a Lady Killer, slaying my ear-drums and almost putting a stop to my heart with an album that was so refreshing.
Cee-Loâ€™s insanely catchy single â€œFuck youâ€ has been floating around the radio and Internet since late this summer. This song was so good and caught on so quickly with music fans, Cee-Lo had some pretty big shoes to fill with the rest of his album. The album opens with â€œThe Lady Killer Themeâ€ and from that moment on you know thereâ€™s no need for Kleenex filler â€“ Cee-Lo slips in those big shoes like they were custom made for him. Starting with a James Bond-style monologue about his license to kill when it comes to the ladies, Cee-Lo then moves into a Charlieâ€™s Angels/Secret Agent type of beat. This guy is smooth.
Even though heâ€™s out of the gates with an aggressive take on relationships, he goes through many emotions on this album. Check out the blatant song â€œBodiesâ€:
â€œThe choice is yours, need I remind you that Iâ€™ll have no remorse. Hereâ€™s a kiss, sweetheart, this wonâ€™t hurt a bit, I can kill it with kindness or murder itâ€
Cee-Lo Green – Bodies
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Then on to the more sensitive, Motown-style â€œOld Fashionedâ€:
â€œPeople, they gather round and they wonder how are we in love right here and now. I just smile cause true love doesnâ€™t go out of style.â€
Cee-Lo Green – Old Fashioned
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One thing is very clear from start to finish â€“ not only is Cee-Lo a lady killer heâ€™s a lover of the ladies too.
In an interview with NME magazine, Green describes his third release as â€œmood musicâ€. Kind of like foreplay for the ears, I guess. And with the late 60â€™s soul vibe, I think he nailed it. Since the album was a long time in the making (relative to industry standards), Cee-Lo had a 70-song catalogue to choose from. He decided to make the album a bit of a journey â€“ in his own words â€œa sexy, sophisticated night in the life of the lady killerâ€. Couldnâ€™t have said it better myself.
Every song on this album is catchy, soulful and strong. I definitely recommend grabbing this one, but you might want to warn roommates and friends that Cee-Lo will be blaring for the next couple weeks.
Let me know what you think! Are you feeling his soulful sound? Have you heard the whole album? I would love to know your thoughts.
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