Nov 9, 2010

Cee Lo Green's "The Lady Killer" Album Review

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Artist: Cee Lo Green
Album: The Lady Killer
Release Date: November 9, 2010
Tracks: 14
Runtime: 45:49

Track Rundown:
(All ratings out of 5 *'s)

1) "The Lady Killer Theme (Intro)" - Don't give intros or outros ratings due to the fact they're more often than not skits or something non-music related. But as intros go, this one was fairly entertaining. Won't be averaged in or rated, but for what it's worth.

2) "Bright Lights Bigger City" - This is strutting music. If you're walking down the street or through a parking lot, on a treadmill at the gym, or on your way to class and this song comes through your headphones, I dare you not to do the Bee Gees strut like a boss. I expected this to be more of a rap album but this first track is very modern pop-RnB. It's almost disco. 4 *'s - not something I'd want to hear every day, but I'd like to hear it on the radio some time.

3) "F*** You" - The first single of the album, and while it may not be all that cleverly subtle, it tells a great story with some great lyrics. The first verse stands out the most to me whenever I hear it:
Yeah I'm sorry, I can't afford a ferrari,
But that don't mean I can't get you there.
I guess he's an xbox and I'm more atari,
But the way you play your game ain't fair.
The ultimate song of envy and being treated as second-class to someone with more in their pocket. It both displays that you can take the situation with dignity, or you can be whiny and pathetic about it. 5 *'s.

4) "Wildflower" - Not as good as the tracks prior, but really nothing too bad at all. Easily listenable to. I don't even feel the urge to skip it. But it is lacking that extra bit of flavor that would make it a song I'd go out of my way to listen to. 3 3/4 *'s.

5) "Bodies" - Wow! Totally excellent. If this doesn't get turned into a single with an epic, Sin City inspired music video, I'll be let down. Dark, sinister, yet passionate and contemplative. 5*'s.

6) "Love Gun" - The European version of The Pussycat Dolls, Paradiso Girls loaned a singer named Lauren Bennett to do most of the vocals for this song. She does a great job and it feels very inspired by Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" but it's not something that particularly grabs me. Bennett shows a lot of potential, but this doesn't feel like a track that should have been on this album. 3 *'s, fairly skippable.

7) "Satisfied" - The verses feel kind of generic with not a lot of "umph" put into them, but the chorus absolutely makes this track. If this doesn't wind up on the soundtrack of some romantic-comedy, I'll be astonished. It has that perfect sappy-yet-energetic-pop feel to it that appeals to the genre. Will Smith? Ryan Reynolds? Heck, even a Tyler Perry movie could use this track. 5 *'s because it at least accentuates the positives and hides the negatives.

8) "I Want You" - Cee Lo Green is bringing funky back. It's got that Gnarles Barkley, Al Green, Marvin Gaye kind of feel to it. It's soulful, it's sexy, and it's a track I would skip other songs with the intent to listen to. 5 *'s. Play it for your lady and swoon her!

9) "Cry Baby" - Eh. Highly skippable. Still soundtrack worthy, but not a song on a soundtrack that you'll wanna hear. 2 1/2 *'s.

10) "Fool For You" - Soulful, a little funky, but really missing that "it factor". Even worse than the previous track with no real redeeming factors. 1 *. I don't know what Cee Lo Green was going for here, but it didn't land.

11) "It's OK" - Yeah. It's OK. Not really anything more or less. What's weird is that they went all-out with the "it factor" but the lyrics don't have "it". You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig as they say. 2 1/4 *'s.

12) "Old Fashioned" - Unlike the previous song, this track has so many bells and whistles in the delivery that the lyrics become secondary. Kind of like a Nirvana song. A cute wedding-vibe to the song. 4 *'s.

13) "No One's Gonna Love You" - A cover of a song by indie band Band of Horses, but man does Cee Lo Green do it some justice. A new groove on the song, a new flavor with the same great foundation. An easy call to rate it 5 *'s.

14) "The Lady Killer Theme (Outro)" - What's a shame is that this is just as entertaining as the intro, because it's randomly a ridiculously hard rock roller coaster of a song, but it's less than a minute long so I wouldn't know how to rate it. Still very entertaining though.

My Highlights:
"F*** You", "Bodies", "Satisfied", "I Want You", and "No One's Gonna Love You" are all tremendous songs. Look them up on youtube, look them up on google. Try to hunt these tracks down to give them a listen. If you're half as impressed with them as I was, you'll still want this album.

Overall Rating:
Averaging up all of the scores for all the tracks you get 3.79 *'s, which I could lean toward 3 3/4 *'s out of 5, but due to the overall flow of the album, length, and ratio of hits to misses, I'm going to add a quarter brownie-point * to make my final score 4 *'s out of 5, or 8 *'s out 10. I don't recommend readers shelling out their hard earned money for anything less than 3 *'s out of 5, and this beats this by a full, radiant star.

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