Review: Cee-Lo Green - "The Lady Killer"

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Cee-Lo Green

The Lady Killer

By Rod

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We already know all about the viral smash "F*** You," but what about the rest of the third solo jam by Gnarls Barkley/Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Green? He describes The Lady Killer as his attempt at "picking up where Barry White left off," but it appears to be so much more. It's like a history lesson of the glory years of soul music. We hear the influence of the ebullient early Motown efforts of the Supremes and Stevie as well as the showtime of '70s big-production song and dance men like the O'Jays and Spinners. A healthy dose of slick, Thriller-era funk also seeps into some of the grooves, all held together with Cee-Lo's commanding pipes. Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey guests on "Fool for You," and in a surprising move, Cee Lo turns a great Band of Horses song, "No One's Gonna Love You," into a masterpiece. With Lady Killer, Cee-Lo tones down the freaky factor of Gnarls and leaves any trace of hip-hop on the back burner. Instead, he jumps head first into a stellar batch of radio friendly unit shifters; fantastic, timeless, fun pop/soul songs that dare you not to dance.