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Cee Lo Green: The Lady Killer

The Atlanta rapper-turned-singer reaches new heights in The Lady Killer.

(Elektra)

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As one-half of the chart-topping duo Gnarls Barkley, Cee Lo Green is half-responsible for one of the “most memorable pop songs in recent radio memory,” said Ryan Reed in Paste. Four years after “Crazy” became the ear worm of 2006, the Atlanta rapper-turned-singer has revived a solo career that produced two underrated albums nearly a decade ago. Known for scrambling music styles, Cee Lo reaches new heights here by mostly playing it straight: Never has he sounded like such an old-school soul man, “reveling in Motown nuance, big Hammond organ trills, and crackling drums.” Cee Lo’s distinct, voluminous rasp can’t always handle the high notes, but he has “enough personality” and imagination to make each of these infectious tunes worth a listen, said Joshua Klein in Pitchforkmedia.com. From the doo-wop ditty “Satisfied” to the “gleefully profane, giddily catchy” “F--- You,” he has shaken up classic R&B with hip-hop vigor and created a new soul sound tailored for our time.

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