David Browne
March 19, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Cee-Lo Green...Is the Soul Machine

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Cee Lo
Producers
Arista

We gave it a B

Intent on proving he’s as multifaceted as fellow Dirty South eclectics OutKast, the former Goodie Mobber casts a wide net on his second album. The forays into ”soul” — warm, street-party hip-hop R&B like ”My Kind of People” and ”All Day Love Affair” — sparkle, as do his playful raps. But boast-heavy collaborations with Timbaland and Ludacris drag things down. In ”Die Trying,” Lo writes his own review: ”I can be a pretty good thug/But it wouldn’t compare to a great me.”

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