Lady Killer

Lady Killer

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by Cee Lo Green
     
 

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"Fuck You," the feel-joyously-spiteful hit of summer 2010, should cast a large shadow across Cee Lo Green's third proper solo album. The singer's biggest solo single to date, it's the best form of novelty hit -- a side-splitting surface supported with a durable underbelly, combining Millie Jackson-level lyrical frankness with a knockoutSee more details below

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"Fuck You," the feel-joyously-spiteful hit of summer 2010, should cast a large shadow across Cee Lo Green's third proper solo album. The singer's biggest solo single to date, it's the best form of novelty hit -- a side-splitting surface supported with a durable underbelly, combining Millie Jackson-level lyrical frankness with a knockout throwback-soul production. Even without the presence of "Fuck You," The Lady Killer would remain a thoroughly engrossing album. Bookended by a recurring spy-film theme, the set is loaded with a potent mix of Green's singular voice -- meaning his graceful bellow and his oddball personality -- and knowing, hefty soul arrangements sheathed in hip-hop vigor, often embellished with strings, horns, and substantive background vocals. As with 2004's Soul Machine, some of the best songs here share titles with R&B classics. The testimonial "Wildflower" switches between corny/winking couplets ("Sexy is in season/Share your sunshine with me") and amusing metaphor play ("Hold her with both my hands/Put her right on my table when I get her home"). The infectiously beaming "Fool for You," served with a choppy gait, carries as much pride as Ray Charles' " A Fool for You." "I Want You," yet another song that punches and swirls, isn't as straightforward as its title suggests; it's about pressing the reset button on a dying relationship. The final full song, "No One's Gonna Love You," is a cover -- not of the S.O.S. Band, but Band of Horses. It's a faithful version that humbly spotlights the versatility of a fascinating talent. Just as importantly, it's a suitable way to follow "Old Fashioned," a tear-the-roof-down ballad drenched in reverb and sweat. [A clean version of the album was also released.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075678892509
catalogNumber:
526461
Rank:
139682

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cee Lo Green   Primary Artist
Vincent Henry   Horn
Pino Palladino   Bass
Salaam Remi   Bass,Guitar
Tommy Lee   Drums
Bruce White   Viola
Tony Reyes   Bass
Jerry Wonder   Musician
Mike Caren   Musician
Paul Epworth   Musician
Jeremy Morris   Violin
Fraser T. Smith   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Howard McGill   Baritone Saxophone
Martin Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Lovatt   Trumpet
Ruston Pomeroy   Violin
Jenny Sacha   Violin
Emma Owens   Viola
Bryony James   Cello
Kerenza Peacock   Violin
Ari Levine   Musician
Rosie Danvers   Cello,Leader
Ayak Thiik   Background Vocals
Ash Soan   Drums
Nikolaj Torplarsen   Musician
Bruno Mars   Musician
Graham Marsh   Percussion
Hitesh Cohen   Musician
Max Baillie   Viola
Eleanor Mathieson   Violin
Philip Lawrence   Background Vocals
Robin Finck   Guitar
Sally Jackson   Violin
Jo Allen   Violin
Kim Ofstad   Musician
Hayley Pomfrett   Violin
Brody Brown   Musician
Danny Marsden   Trumpet
Kotono Smith   Violin
Mason Levy   Musician
Natalie Cavey   Viola
Stephanie Cavey   Violin
Bradley Hagen   Drums
Cathy Collwell   Double Bass
Dena Chutuk   Background Vocals
Jacob Lutrell   Musician
Kotono Sato   Violin

Technical Credits

Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Rick Nowels   Composer,Vocal Producer
Mark Rankin   Engineer
Salaam Remi   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Niall Acott   Engineer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Cee Lo Green   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Mack David   Composer
Paul Epworth   Producer
Ben H. Allen   Producer,Engineer
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer
Chris Baseford   Engineer
Peter Tomasso   Brass Arrangment
Jack Splash   Composer,Producer
Dan Parry   Engineer
Element   Producer
Ari Levine   Composer
Rosie Danvers   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Isabel Seeliger-Morley   Engineer
Bruno Mars   Composer
Graham Marsh   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Hitesh Cohen   Composer,Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer
Elektra   Composer
Philip Lawrence   Composer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Creighton Barrett   Composer
noel fisher   Composer
Smeezingtons   Producer
Kim Ofstad   Composer,Engineer
Alan Nglish   Producer
Alan Kasirye   Composer
Brody Brown   Composer
James Hampton   Composer
Grey Area   Producer
Steven Barlow   Engineer
Terrence Simpkins   Composer,Additional Production
Benjamin Birdwell   Composer
Kc Morton   Executive Producer

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