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Video of the Moment #631: Cee Lo Green

 
By on Sunday, 13th November 2011 at 10:00 am
 

‘Anyway’, the latest single from Cee Lo Green‘s ‘The Ladykiller’ will be released on the 12th of December. Ahead of that, the promo video has been released, and it’s a joky kind of karaoke video, if the Star Wars era had karaoke videos. Not sure what I mean? Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp3AavMefAs[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #550: Cee Lo Green

 
By on Tuesday, 16th August 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Cee Lo Green‘s next single ‘Cry Baby’ will be released on 12 September and below is the video. It stars Jaleel White (as a young Cee Lo), which the older ones of you will remember as the nerdy Steve Urkel in the American tv show Family Matters.

And is it just me, or does the set remind you of Back to the Future? Or maybe Sesame Street?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I34cljQQ7YA[/youtube]

 

Live Review: NME Big Gig Featuring Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses and No Age @ London Wembley Arena – 25th February 2011

 
By on Tuesday, 1st March 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Words by John Fernandez

This NME Big Gig at London’s Wembley Arena may have been billed as a concert headlined by Foo Fighters (pictured above) and supported by Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses and No Age, but that night it was all about Dave Grohl. Godlike Genius Dave Grohl. Only 2 days after Grohl received his award at the NME Awards he was back doing what he does best, rocking arenas with choruses the size of skyscrapers and riffs galore.

The night was opened by Los Angeles trio No Age. Sadly, the less said about this band the better. It was hard that evening to see the appeal of this band; maybe it was the fact that the sound wasn’t great for the first band of the evening, but the crowd (myself included) failed to find any connection with the indie newcomers. For a lot of their relatively short set it was hard to distinguish why there was any need for a third member of the band, as the synths were inaudible over the incessant drums and screeching guitar. However, they are a young band and are relatively impressive on record, so maybe with time their sound may mature. Sadly though, it was just not their night.

Following on from No Age were Seattle 5-piece Band of Horses, a band who, despite being in an unfamiliar arena setting, managed to deliver a fantastic set. With tunes like ‘The Great Salt Lake’ and ‘The Funeral’, Band of Horses definitely proved there were big things to come from them in the future.

The task of truly warming up for Foo Fighters came down to one man, Cee Lo Green. Coming on to a spoken intro from his album ‘The Ladykiller’ (reviewed on TGTF here), Cee Lo immediately owned the arena; all eyes were on him and he knew it. He had noticeably ‘rocked up’ for this gigs coming onstage in a Ramones t-Shirt and leather jacket. After the intro, he burst into a short set which included Gnarls Barkley hits ‘Crazy’ and ‘Smiley Faces’. Set closer ‘F**k You’ was given a rock edge for the night’s performance as it was played to the riff of the Clash’s ‘Rock the Casbah’.

It was 9 o’clock by the time that the thunderous roar of ‘Burning Bridges’ off the Foo’s forthcoming, yet-unreleased record ‘Wasting Light’ tore through Wembley Arena. Starting with a new song, let alone an unreleased song that people have only heard 30 seconds of, was a bold move. But such is the adoration held towards the ex-Nirvana sticks-man that nobody seemed to care. And who can blame them? The man oozes charm and confidence even when he is screaming behind a microphone.

Four new songs from the new LP were given their first arena outing that evening, including first single ‘Rope’ (reviewed by Luke last week), Valentine’s Day teaser ‘White Limo’ (video here) and arguably the catchiest of the four, ‘These Days’. All 4 songs were met with adoration from the crowd, but as you would expect from a band that could easily release two greatest hits albums, it was the older songs that got better reception. ‘All My Life’ and set closer ‘Best of You’ arguably evoked the best crowd reaction as expected. But for me, the highlight of the night had to be first ever Foo single ‘This is a Call’. That said, throughout the gig there were numerous high points, one being a change over in the reigns with drummer Taylor Hawkins taking over lead vocal duties for ‘Cold Day in the sun’.

By the end of the gig, it was easy to tell it wasn’t just the crowd that was loving this. No, the smile on Dave Grohl’s face showed enough that he is back doing what he loves. Playing big tunes to a lot of people with his band. Summer festivals and their July gigs at Milton Keynes await.

 

Cee Lo Green / March 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 17th December 2010 at 5:00 pm
 

Having released one of the most controversial and funny singles of 2010 (‘F*** You’), Cee Lo Green has announced a short tour of the UK for March 2011. Tickets were available exclusively through Monday (20th December) through his official Web site.

Note: The dates were rescheduled as of 24 January 2011 and have been updated to reflect the new dates.

Monday 26th March 2011 – O2 Academy Bristol
Tuesday 27th March 2011 – Manchester O2 Academy
Wednesday 28th March 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Thursday 29th March 2011 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 31st March 2011 – Bristol O2 Academy

Read Mary Beth’s review of ‘The Lady Killer’ from last month.

 

Album Review: Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer

 
By on Thursday, 25th November 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

The album may start out “Well, hello there! My name is…not important,” but on the heels of the incredibly catchy single ‘F**k You,’ not to mention his work in Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley, chances are by now you’ve heard of Cee Lo Green. And fans of his latest single wont be disappointed: with a few exceptions, ‘The Lady Killer’ is packed full of catchy, soulful pop gems.

It starts out well, with mid-tempo track ‘Bright Lights, Bigger City’ and its beat that at times is reminiscent of ‘Thriller.’ It’s a song about going out on a Saturday night, and if there was any justice in the world, it’s the kind of track I’d love to hear in the clubs of Washington, DC. Singing about “cocktails and conversation, music and making love,” his powerful and distinctive voice is showcased to its full potential. But as great as it is, neither it, nor, to be honest, any of the other tracks can really match the sheer brilliance of lead single ‘F**k You.’ My review copy of ‘The Lady Killer’ included the censored version of the track, which opts for the much less fun lyrics “forget you!” and “ain’t that some shhhhh…”. Much of the brilliance of ‘F**ck You’ lies in its bluntness, so I believe it does lose a little in translation, but not enough to keep it from being insanely catchy and the most memorable track on the album.

Though nothing can match ‘F**ck You,’ there are a few tracks vying for second place. ‘Love Gun’ featuring Lauren Bennett is literally explosive, using the sounds of gunshots in its percussion. Their voices work very well together, with Lauren taking the first verse and Cee Lo taking the second — it’s a shame he didn’t use her on any of the other tracks. There is a very retro feel to the guitar riff and horns, but the beat is very modern, which makes for a great combination. With lyrics like “Who knew that one to the head and one to the heart could make you feel alright” and “Are you ready for the showdown? Tonight it’s gonna go down,’ it uses a gun fight imagery to describe a relationship.

‘Cry Baby’ is very poppy and fun, and because of this is very accessible. So is ‘It’s Okay,’ which despite its cheesy lyrics like “It’s okay to say that you love me, / ’cause I think of you, I still think of you” is a hell of a lot of fun. It has a similar piano line to ‘F**k You’ at times, and Cee Lo’s falsetto when singing “PLEASE baby, PLEASE lover” is awesome. His collaboration with Phillip Bailey, ‘Fool for You,’ juxtaposes harsh rhythms in the verses and a smooth chorus of “I’m a fool, such a fool for you” to great effect. It has a sort of strutting rhythm to it, which makes it one of the most original sounding songs on the album. But ‘Satisfied’ is the song that really gives ‘F**k You’ a run for its money. On an album full of retro songs, it out-retros them all with the use of motown-style backup singers adding ‘Oohs’ and ‘Babys’ behind Cee Lo’s vocals.

Unfortunately, a few of the songs fall short of Cee Lo’s true potential. This isn’t to say they’re horrible — compared to a lot of the auto-tuned drivel out there these days, they’re actually quite good — but songs like ‘Old Fashioned,’ ‘I Wan’t You’ and ‘Wildflower’ are lacking that certain something they need to be truly great. They’ve got the album’s characteristic retro sound down, but there is nothing about them that would make them classic. In places, the orchestration is too heavy and overwhelming, and lyrics like “I’ll even quit my job. / Loving you, I’ll make it my job” just don’t cut it when you know Cee Lo is capable of quips like “I guess he’s an xbox, and I’m more Atari.” And ‘Bodies’ relies too heavily on gimmicks like whispers and, um, intimate sounds, and not enough on Cee Lo’s incredible voice. But after the ups and downs, Green closes out ‘The Lady Killer’ with a spectacular cover of Band of Horses‘s ‘No One’s Gonna Love You.’ While some of his songs fall flat, it has real soul and personality to it, and showcases his voice spectacularly well. ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ is a reminder of what Cee Lo is capable of at his best — it’s just a shame not all of the songs are as good.

6/10

Watch the video for ‘Bright Lights, Bigger City’ below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBhdIcb84Hw[/youtube]

Lead single ‘F**k You’ was TGTF’s Video of the Moment back on 10th September.

 

Video of the Moment #344: Cee Lo Green

 
By on Friday, 10th September 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

We don’t often have to put disclaimers on our posts here at TGTF, but Cee Lo Green‘s latest song about a girlfriend breaking up with him for somebody richer is, well…expletive-laden. So if you think you can handle a bit of swearing, then make sure you’re not at work or around children, and take a listen to the fantastically fun and catchy, um… ‘[Expletive] You’. Cheers to Steve Lamacq who reviewed the song on the 2nd of September edition of Roundtable and simply called it ‘FU’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0mxOXbWIU[/youtube]

 
 
 

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