Cee Lo Green
The Lady Killer


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
November 9th, 2010 | 155 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Highlights galore

It’s difficult to get a good grasp on Cee Lo’s latest, even now. First, it deserves to be mentioned that the expectations for Cee Lo’s new album were staggering. Somewhat unexpectedly, the R & B artist was met with unmatched popularity during the heat of high summer when his single “Fuck You” garnered a remarkable 5 million plays on YouTube within a mere 5 days. The song takes the beauty of profanity to a whole new level, and Cee Lo’s soulful statements about a golddigging lady-friend is undoubtedly the sing-along anthem of the year. The Southerner’s charm that’s so evident in his delivery coupled with immaculate production and a chorus for the ages solidifies “Fuck You” among my favorite tracks of the year. It’s the type of song so infectious and disgustingly catchy that the listener’s usual taste bears zero importance, a reminder of the power of pop music.

That was months ago though, and we’re left with a full album of Cee Lo’s solo effort away from Gnarls Barkley. The distinct prominence of “Fuck You” easily could have distorted how we interpret The Lady Killer. Thankfully, the thrills don’t stop with the summer’s hit single. The album at hand is chock-full of highlights, instead of what we were all afraid of- 12 songs catered to fit around the one, spectacular single. On his 2010 offering, Cee Lo manages to liven up his sound to achieve a more poppy aesthetic and reach a much wider audience; and he does so without watering down his soulful sound. Dignity intact, Cee Lo finds his niche by fitting just enough hooks and highlights into a cohesive, extraordinary pop album.

The Lady Killer’s biggest draw is impossible to pin down, as one of its biggest strengths is that the chameleon-like Lady Killer manages to serve different purposes to different listeners. Those looking for 2010’s fun, romping party music that have worn out Teenage Dream find a backup artist here, with Cee Lo. “Bright Lights Bigger City” is the first track that brings the swag. “Everybody’s standin’ in line, lookin’ good gonna have a real good time,” he belts out in the ode to big-city nightlife complete with strings, synth and the attitude to complement. “Fuck You” is then next, most obvious appealer in this realm, but the highlights don’t end there. No, it’s tough to count “Satisfied” and “It’s OK” out of the mix, as Cee Lo keeps the bouncy allure on The Lady Killer impressively fresh, adding tiny preservatives like jazzy trombones, orchestral passages, and even a bit of romance. Not to mention Cee Lo’s ever-sensual croon.

Bombastic and catchy, Cee Lo could have easily left The Lady Killer with “Fuck You” and a few worthy singles to complement, as illustrated above, and still enjoyed a rather successful outing. Luckily for us, the smooth-talking Cee Lo isn’t done yet. His 2010 album isn’t just for single-seekers, as The Lady Killer maintains an impressive level of consistency throughout. Rarely is there a lull in quality across the board, as the retro-soul enthusiast Green spits out line after line of fineness- “They say chivalry is dead, then why is her body in my bed?” (“Bodies”). At times, Cee Lo’s enthusiasm and bombast can reach almost cartoonish levels, coming off a little over-the-top, like the sappy “Cry Baby.” As 2010’s most lovable artist though, I dare you not to forgive the big baby for his fleeting missteps.

With enough consistency to propel The Lady Killer into the good graces of listeners looking for more than simply a party anthem or two, Cee Lo’s unique 2010 release proves the profanity-ridden single was no fluke. His 3rd LP is much more than what I was dreading- a bunch of songs catered to complement “Fuck You” and fill in the space in-between. With a little zazz and a ton of enthusiasm, the soul artist’s ingenious career progression should, and will, elicit striking success. When push comes to shove, Cee Lo Green’s got his head in the clouds on The Lady Killer, and with little dragging him down and enough bombast and highlights to keep him eternally-elated, I don’t see the hook-laden creation surrendering its place on the pop-music throne any day soon.



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SeaAnemone
November 9th 2010


20373 Comments


wasn't planning on reviewing this til 45 min ago so let me know what you think please


can't think of a good summary

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

Nagrarok
November 9th 2010


8256 Comments


Oh, Fuck You is being played to death on the radio around here.

BigHans
November 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review Indie Authority. Gonna listen to this now.

SeaAnemone
November 9th 2010


20373 Comments


thanks, and yes do, think you might enjoy it

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2010


17215 Comments


i need to get around to reviewing this. im just so lazy. album rules/review rules

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

AggravatedYeti
November 9th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such a great album.
cannot leave the stream alone.

ConsiderPhlebas
November 9th 2010


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sing-along anthem of the year




sing-along anthem of the year

SeaAnemone
November 9th 2010


20373 Comments


I'm hoping mine is a kinda-apt placeholder til then adam : )

but yeah, I actually thought this was more of a 3 on first listen, surprising amount of depth in these songs though

SeaAnemone
November 9th 2010


20373 Comments


also: my promo copy of this came in the mail today and I got super-pissed when I saw "Forget You" was #3 and they entirely did away with "Fuck You" altogether but I'm hoping it was just cuz it's a promo copy

ConsiderPhlebas
November 9th 2010


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's the version that gets played on uk radio, amongst Westlife and Kesha

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 9th 2010


10594 Comments


SEEEEAAAAAAAAAANEEEEEMOOOOONNNEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!



Great Review....

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AggravatedYeti
November 9th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

may be. The NPR stream has since moved over to an un-edited version whereas at first it was "Forget You."

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2010


17215 Comments


forget you is fucking terrible.

ConsiderPhlebas
November 9th 2010


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

understatement of the year

AggravatedYeti
November 9th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it completely undermines the entire song.
his performance of the "Fuck You!" has so much more oomph to it.
"Forget You" presents Cee Lo trying to forget the edit himself...

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2010


7343 Comments


Good review, only critisism is that you repeat yourself a little too much at times. Wasn't going to look into this but review might have changed my mind.

AggravatedYeti
November 9th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking Band of Horses cover is so good too.

SeaAnemone
November 9th 2010


20373 Comments


yeah this review can get a tad redundant, thanks for the tip

BigHans
November 9th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit this rules.

Counterfeit
November 9th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i see no one has posted Fuck You lyrics yet. ill be that guy

I SEE YA DRIVIN DOWNTOWN WITH THE GIRL I LOVE
AN IM LIKE
FUCK YOUUUUUUUU



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