fripodding and killing: the lady killer – cee lo green


What’s up Indoobians? I thought I would have a video ready for you before the day ended, but that doesn’t look like the case. Perhaps I may get to post it tomorrow as a special late edition… or update and just add it to this. To make a long story short, I’ve have a busy day ending a very busy week.

Today, we’re talking about the great and finally appreciated Cee Lo Green. Just like in the video I was making, I made it a point not to talk about the summer smash viral hit that I’ll admit sounds less as awesome in its censored version. I like to keep my blog PG-13 at least (haha). Putting it another way, the album is greater than the one lone single. So if you like that song, I strongly suggest you listen to the rest of the song, and I’ll tell you why.

In the video, I discussed each song track by track. The main reason I did that is because of the listenability of the album. (Again, listenability is an Indoobian word meaning an album you can listen to without skipping many, if any, songs.) While I love certain songs, I enjoy every song on the album and can listen to it for hours.

A few of my instant favorites are “Wildflower”, “Satisfied”, “I Want You” and “Cry Baby.” Please don’t ask me to choose a favorite, because that’s impossible. That’s also why I used the word “instant” to describe these favorites, because the first time I heard them, I was hooked, and it was so hard to keep from hitting the repeat button so I could get through the rest of the album.

The album as a whole is a throwback sound to the 60’s and 70’s soul and funk. But longtime fans of Cee Lo know that that’s his element. I haven’t listened to a lot of his earlier albums, but I loved the song “Closet Freak”, and I imagine a lot of his music is like that. While some songs sound like lost tapes (or records) from decades past, others have a slightly updated sound so it sounds modern enough for 2011 (it was released in the last quarter of 2010). This may be one of those albums that get dusted off years to come by a younger generation looking for some real singing with great music. I just hope some other people are appreciating it today.

I badly wanted to include this in my Heavy Rotations 2010 post… but it didn’t qualify since I bought it the last week of 2010. I’m pretty confident this will make the 2011 list. I would love to devote a few post to certain songs on their own.

But I’m trying to focus on the album itself as a whole. The title is called The Lady Killer and I think the song “Bodies” best explains what that means. Sure, you could take it as a term for Jack the Ripper, but one that figuratively kills woman and figuratively takes their hearts. I’ve read, and agreed, that this album is comparable to OutKast’s The Love Below. It’s definitely its own beast, but comparing it to OutKast (and specifically Andre 3000), it’s not that far off since they are all part of the same (Dungeon) Family. But both albums share the concept of love. The ups, the downs, the in-betweens. Sung with great lyrics. Set to great music with infectious beats. Sadly, I don’t think Cee Lo’s album will get as much love as Outkast did. Even with the stellar ratings it received, it’s not exactly on the top of the charts or talk of the town like Kanye West, which is also awesome. But I feel this is more superior artistry, no offense to West. But hey, Cee Lo will be at the Grammys for a certain song, so that’s great too.

Overall, if you haven’t picked up the hint, buy this album. Support real music with some serious singing and especially if you love that old throwback sound, you’ll appreciate every second of it.

 

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