The Closet Freak: The Best of Cee Lo Green the Soul Machine [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Uh-huh, this one had to come down the pipe. Sometimes, when a label seeks to cash in on one of its artists -- or former artists -- they put something together that might be needed but is wholly unexpected. What's more, they get it right. That's the case with Cee Lo Green's Closet Freak: The Best of Cee Lo Green the Soul Machine. It's the exception rather than the rule of best-of compilations: the contents are so fine there's no quibbling about what is here, which makes what may be left off easier to bear. Those not familiar with Cee Lo until they heard him fronting Gnarls Barkley on the smash single "Crazy," (Gnarls Barkley is a two-man project involving Cee Lo and producer ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Uh-huh, this one had to come down the pipe. Sometimes, when a label seeks to cash in on one of its artists -- or former artists -- they put something together that might be needed but is wholly unexpected. What's more, they get it right. That's the case with Cee Lo Green's Closet Freak: The Best of Cee Lo Green the Soul Machine. It's the exception rather than the rule of best-of compilations: the contents are so fine there's no quibbling about what is here, which makes what may be left off easier to bear. Those not familiar with Cee Lo until they heard him fronting Gnarls Barkley on the smash single "Crazy," (Gnarls Barkley is a two-man project involving Cee Lo and producer Danger Mouse -- Brian Burton) from their creative and wacky debut album St. Elsewhere (the pop album of 2006), will be delighted by the material here. There are a total of three cuts from his days with the Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob, and generous selections from his two solo albums Cee Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, and Cee Lo Green...Is the Soul Machine. It's not the same by a long shot, but the root elements of that sound are all here. Cee Lo is eternally funky: he can sing, rap, and produce; that is in full evidence on this generous set of 17 cuts. His unmistakable voice can be heard on Goodie Mob 's "Free," "Soul Food," and "Cell Therapy." But it's on the solo material, from "Gettin' Grown," the title track, "I'll Be Around" (with Timbaland), the completely insane "Childz Play," (with Ludacris) and the acid-drenched psychedelic funk of "Under the Influence" (with Follow Me), that are a few of the standouts on this weighty slab of the good stuff. Whether this is a further introduction, or you've been with the Bald tattoed one for a decade, this is the way a best-of gets done. Pure pleasure for freaky people.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886970184922
  • Catalog Number: 701849
  • Sales rank: 207,903

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Free (1:24)
  2. 2 Closet Freak - C-Lo (3:37)
  3. 3 I'll Be Around - Timbaland (3:42)
  4. 4 The Art of Noise (3:45)
  5. 5 Young Man (Sierra's Song) - C-Lo (3:58)
  6. 6 Gettin' Grown - C-Lo (4:11)
  7. 7 Evening News - Sir Cognac the Conversation (4:10)
  8. 8 I Am Selling Soul - C-Lo (4:18)
  9. 9 Living Again - C-Lo (3:31)
  10. 10 A Thug's Concern/(break)... One for the Road - C-Lo (5:43)
  11. 11 Bass Head Jazz - C-Lo (3:33)
  12. 12 Childz Play - Ludacris (3:51)
  13. 13 Sometimes - C-Lo (5:03)
  14. 14 Under tha Influence (Follow Me) - C-Lo (4:55)
  15. 15 The One - T.I. (4:41)
  16. 16 Soul Food (3:56)
  17. 17 Cell Therapy (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cee Lo Green Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Vocals, Background Vocals
Family Tree Background Vocals
Mike Berry Trumpet
Preston Crump Bass
Dean Gant Keyboards
Joey Huffman Piano
Shorty B. Bass
Jimmy Young Conga
Eddie Wright Guitar
Russell Gunn Trumpet, Horn
Jazze Pha Background Vocals
Timbaland Background Vocals
Charles Pettaway Bass, Guitar
Ken Ford Strings
Brandon Bennett Background Vocals
Mike Hartnett Guitar
Sleepy Brown Background Vocals
Tori Alamaze Background Vocals
Mike Barry Trumpet
Kirkland Underwater Background Vocals
Me, Myself & Eye Background Vocals
Stephanie Pickett "Ditty" Background Vocals
T Mo Vocals
Voice of Atlanta Choir Background Vocals
Sir Cognac the Conversation Track Performer
Technical Credits
P.C. Bailey Composer
DJ Premier Producer
Brian Frye Engineer
Cameron K-Oz Gipp Composer
Joey Huffman Engineer
Organized Noize Producer, drum programming, Music Program
Neil Pogue Engineer
Bernasky Wall Engineer
Robert Barnett Composer
Tim Harrigan Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Jazze Pha Producer
Timbaland Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Jim Fiscus Cover Photo
Sean Davis Engineer
Jason Rome Engineer
James Cruz Mastering
P. Brown Composer
Tim Mosley Composer
The Neptunes Producer
Senator Jimmy D Engineer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Gaelle Adisson Programming, Producer
B. Bennett Composer
Eric Stamile Programming, Producer
Willie Knighton Composer
Thomas Callaway Composer, Producer, drum programming
R. Terrance Barnett Composer
Joseph Patel Liner Notes
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