The undeniably engaging and catchy Forget You debuted at number one in the UK for a reason. Like a magnet, this gem attracts your eardrums and makes them pay attention. Co-written by, and featuring, Bruno Mars as part of the songwriting and production trio The Smeezingtons, the track demonstrates CeeLo’s playful personality. The audio lives up to the phenomenon of the viral and fifties inspired video, as does the rest of the album.
Featuring few guest appearances save Belgian sensation Selah Sue on the stirring ballad Please and Phillip Bailey on Fool For You – an arresting slice of R&B – the record is an eclectic mix of soul, pop and funk – quintessentially CeeLo with introspective lyrics and live instrumentation. Fans of his work as part of the Goodie Mob or Gnarls Barkley will not be disappointed.
The haunting Salaam Remi produced Bodies stands out – a dark and poetic tale about crimes of passion. The album traverses through melancholy valleys and sunlit peaks. Satisfied is an upbeat ode to faith, produced by Fraser T Smith, best known for working with British grime acts such as Tinchy Stryder. Smith produces a further two tracks on the album, including the infectious I Want You.
It’s OK sees CeeLo’s vocal explode in Motown fashion, and the aptly titled Old Fashioned, another Salaam Remi production, further creates an ambiance of nostalgia.
F**k You! the controversial version of Forget You appears as a bonus track but Green needs no gimmicks to succeed. His raw talent and emotion shines through a musical landscape littered with auto tune and miming. His individuality is much needed and his innovative and distinctive sound renders him unforgettable.
The Lady Killer by CeeLo Green is out now. For more information on CeeLo visit: http://www.ceelogreen.com/
The UK Corner covers urban entertainment from a British perspective and is written by Fiona McKinson. She is a freelance journalist and creative writer based in London. Contact her at [email protected]ow.co.uk