The Lady Killer (2010) When Cee Lo’s "F--- You" first bum-rushed the blog- osphere in August, it felt like the perfect late-season palate cleanser — a bright splash of… 2010-11-09 Cee Lo Pop
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The Lady Killer (2010)

SATISFIED Cee-Lo Green
SATISFIED Cee-Lo Green
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 09, 2010; Lead Performance: Cee Lo; Genre: Pop

When Cee Lo’s ''F--- You'' first bum-rushed the blog-
osphere in August, it felt like the perfect late-season palate cleanser — 
a bright splash of bitters in this summer’s corn-syrupy cocktail of pop offerings. (The sterilized radio edit ''Forget You,'' however, deserves to languish in PG-rated purgatory.)

While the rest of The Lady Killer doesn’t have anything quite as immediate as that finger-snapping, FCC-antagonizing throwback, the Gnarls Barkley singer (and sometime 
 member of Atlanta rap pioneers Goodie Mob) hardly hangs his third solo disc on one flash of obscene inspiration. Lady Killer both honors and tweaks the tropes of vintage songcraft with hefty doses of sweet Motown/Stax 
 boogie (''It’s OK,'' ''Satisfied''), a smattering of Curtis Mayfield superfly (''I Want You,'' ''Bright Lights Bigger City''), and imaginary theme songs for James Bond (''Love Gun,'' ''Bodies''). Throughout, Green smartly adds enough modern flourishes to keep it all from becoming a too-slavish K-tel trip. But when his voice swoops from a low rumble to its highest register on a stunning, strings-laden cover of Band of Horses’ ''No One’s Gonna Love You,'' going retro feels exactly right. A–

Download These:
Bright Lights Bigger City a Saturday-night jam at last.fm
No One’s Gonna Love You a gorgeous ballad at myspace.com

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Originally posted Nov 03, 2010 Published in issue #1128 Nov 12, 2010 Order article reprints