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Cee Lo Green
The Lady Killer
Elektra Records

While the single “Fuck You” has been resonating with broke motherfuckers for months, Cee Lo Green’s The Lady Killer is here (well, on Nov 9th, 2010) and it’s fucking fantastic. While I am not discounting his work with Goodie Mob or with Gnarls Barkley, with The Lady Killer, Cee Lo seriously solidifies his already recognizable sound. With plenty of vocal harmonies backing up his soulful crooning, keyboards and (obviously) killer percussion work, TLK is equal parts 60’s Soul, 70’s R&B and current Pop. In other words, it’s easily one of my favorite albums of the year, and it’s been a good year already.

I admit that I’m one of the people that have listened to “Fuck You” no less than twenty times. To highlight how good the other tracks are, lemme tell you that I have NOT skipped a track to go back to it. The entire albums stands on it’s own, including Green’s goosebump-inducing cover of Band of Horses’ “No One’s Gonna Love You,” which, if it’s not, should be a romantic mix-tape staple for years to come. There’s a lot of sexually-charged lyrics, but face it, if you could sing like this, you’d brag about how much you get laid, too.

-Jonathan “The Emperor” Yost