More Info:Elektra recording artist Cee-Lo Green's first solo work in more than six years, sees the endlessly inventive singer/writer/rapper/producer continuing to push hip-hop and soul's creative envelope, this time working with a star-studded cast of producers that includes Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse), Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot, Jamie Foxx), and Fraser T. Smith (Nelly Furtado, James Morrison, Ellie Goulding).
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.