CEELO GREEN

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Cat Woods

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With many years since the hype of hit song Crazy (as part of duo Gnarls Barkley) and F*ck You, CeeLo has re­tained his knack for catchy melodies. In­flu­ences from James Brown to Diana Ross in­flect his nos­tal­gic sound. A soulawak­en­ing gospel choir joins in on Lead Me, elec­tric or­gan has a stand­out role en­liven­ing Lit­tle Mama and Do­ing it all To­gether. Dan Auer­bach, of The Black Keys hooked Green up with a bunch of skilled Nashville mu­si­cians to write and record his sixth stu­dio al­bum. The saxy, up­beat bal­ladry of Al Green is ev­i­dent in ev­ery song, but with Auer­bach’s ex­pe­ri­ence and con­nec­tions, the gui­tar work could def­i­nitely have been more ad­ven­tur­ous and more to the fore. This is great back­ground mu­sic as the sum­mer sun peeks out and flirts with ac­tu­ally stick­ing around but it’s same-same from top to tail and those seek­ing a new sound from CeeLo will be frus­trated.

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