Cee Lo Green: The Lady Killer | CD review


The disappointing thing about Cee Lo Green's first post-Gnarls Barkley solo record is the decision to use the lobotomised version of Fuck You in its tracklisting. The sweary original is carelessly dumped after the Outro while Forget You – fresh from a gang-mauling by Sunday's X Factor finalists – sits smugly at track three. The joy of the song came from the juxtaposition of those life-affirming major key piano chords with the song's bitter message to a former lover. Stripping its profane edge defies the whole point. This quibble aside, the rest of the tracks make up for it, matching Green's wonderful engine-powered voicebox with some smooth production from the likes of Salaam Remi, Jack Splash and Fraser T Smith. Highlights come in Satisfied – replete with jolly Bacharach/David horns – and darker moments like the murderous Bodies, where Green seems to have taken his album's title literally. Tremendous fun. And if you disagree, Green's probably got two words for you.


Will Dean

The GuardianTramp

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