Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections

Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections

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by Cee Lo Green
     
 

Breaking away from Goodie Mob for a major-label solo debut, Cee-Lo follows the curious lead of OutKast, who had recently broken through big-time with Stankonia, and unleashes a willfully weird album that eschews rap clichés in favor of full-fledged songs that are more neo-soul thanSee more details below

Overview

Breaking away from Goodie Mob for a major-label solo debut, Cee-Lo follows the curious lead of OutKast, who had recently broken through big-time with Stankonia, and unleashes a willfully weird album that eschews rap clichés in favor of full-fledged songs that are more neo-soul than hip-hop. He'd always been more of a crooner than a rapper, of course, but the tattooed big man really lurches forward with his singing voice here on Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, crossing Al Green's down-home soul singing with Rick James' freakishness. Touchstones only go so far, however, as Cee-Lo is a free spirit if anything -- he goes out of his way to be himself and only himself here, to the extent that the album's commercial hopes seem questionable at best. That's not to say that Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections is an unsatisfying album per se. It's just that this is an edgy album, one that goes out of its way to challenge your expectations of what a major-label (neo-soul? Southern rap?) release should sound like. There's nothing prepackaged here, absolutely nothing. The lead single, "Closet Freak," is a good choice, but even that song is pretty far out-there and sounds unlike anything on the charts in 2002 sans OutKast. Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections is ultimately an album for folks who like their music creative, folks who like to hear an artist climb out on a limb and chase his muse, regardless of whether or not the result falls into any clear-cut genre boundaries. It helps, of course, if you like Cee-Lo, because this is undoubtedly his show -- there aren't really any guest star producers, rappers, or singers here, just the big man himself center stage. Kudos to the head of Arista, L.A. Reid, for letting Cee-Lo fly his freak flag with such freedom. It's not often you get a major-label release that's this daring and this colorful, surely not often enough. [Arista released a clean edition for those who prefer to forgo the album's profanity.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221469920
catalogNumber:
14699

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cee Lo Green   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Mike Berry   Trumpet
Carlos Glover   Guitar
Joey Huffman   Bass,Guitar,Piano
John Popper   Harmonica
Jimmy Young   Conga
Eddie Wright   Guitar
Russell Gunn   Trumpet,Horn
Charles Pettaway   Organ,Bass
Ken Ford   Strings
John Hayes   Guitar
Big Gipp   Track Performer
Backbone   Track Performer
Kebbi Williams   Horn,Saxophone
Tim Pitchford   Trombone
Kirkland Underwater   Vocals
Stephanie Pickett "Ditty"   Background Vocals
Voice of Atlanta Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joey Huffman   Engineer
Herb Powers   Mastering
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Jeffrey Schulz   Art Direction
Cee Lo Green   Producer,Executive Producer
Jason Rome   Engineer
Gaelle Adisson   Programming,Producer
Eric Stamile   Producer
K.C. "Cognac" Morton   Associate Executive Producer

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