Hu­man touch

Cee Lo Green en­joys daz­zling peo­ple, but he is hu­man and to­tally aware of how use­ful ec­cen­tric­ity can be.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By MES­FIN FEKADU

For­get killing them with kind­ness – Cee Lo green, 36, wants to kill you with mu­sic. the singer-rapper-pro­ducer’s new CD is ti­tled The Lady Killer, and while it has some ro­man­tic tunes on it, the ti­tle more re­flects his ap­proach to con­nect­ing with his au­di­ence: He’s look­ing to do it with lethal pre­ci­sion.

“In­stead of ran­dom gun­fire, like, it’s about marks­man­ship, di­rectly in the cen­tre of the cross hairs. PoW, sin­gle shot, done, clean, from 100 miles away,” he ex­plained.

“It’s a side of my­self I had yet to show­case – a softer side. And it’s more straight­for­ward and di­rect, which is syn­ony­mous with killer.”

In a re­cent in­ter­view in New York, the grammy-win­ning mu­si­cian – who also hosts his own show on Fuse tV called Lay It Down – talked about his new al­bum and smash hit, (Ex­ple­tive) You!. You’ve got­ten a lot of crit­i­cal love for this new disc. Have you been check­ing the re­views?

I have quite a bit of it sent to me. So yeah, I’m up on the pop­u­lar opin­ion of the al­bum. I feel so for­tu­nate – all warm and tingly. Are you a per­fec­tion­ist when it comes to mak­ing mu­sic?

I’m be­com­ing more of, not a per­fec­tion­ist, but a prac­ti­tioner, mean­ing I’m get­ting more in­volved in the tech­ni­cal as­pect of it. When I re­ally took the leap was with gnarls Barkley’s Odd Cou­ple. See, the mu­sic I do has a very hu­mane kind of qual­ity.

Life isn’t per­fect and I do be­lieve that there’s funk in the flaw. So a lot of it I let it be sim­ply be­cause, I mean, this is only re­cently I’ve be­gun to be my own worst critic. ear­lier in my ca­reer I let so many things go, and I look back in some re­gret be­cause I prob­a­bly could have done bet­ter, but it’s the most hon­est the first time around. Why are you so crit­i­cal about your­self now?

I guess be­cause I know bet­ter. I’ve ex­peri- enced more, you know. I’m a lot more in­volved and en­thu­si­as­tic and in con­trol and so, you know, I as­pire to mas­ter that feel and that as­pect of my own per­sonal art. So I have a very gen­uine con­cern about how it’s per­ceived and the pro­duc­tion and fine-tooth comb­ing ev­ery in­tri­cate de­tail. When you write songs, are they com­ing from per­sonal sit­u­a­tions or ideas and dreams?

It’s not a whole truth, the story line that is. It just de­pends. Not ev­ery­thing is bi­o­graph­i­cal. Some things are third-per­son. Some things are vi­car­i­ous, other things are cathar­tic. For­getYou was re­leased on iTunes a month af­ter the song went vi­ral. Did you and the la­bel think of re­leas­ing it once the song was ev­ery­where?

No. We had to kind of re­act af­ter For­get You was re­leased. It was such an im­me­di­ate, over­whelm­ing re­sponse. Far be­hind my own per­sonal ex­pec­ta­tions, you know. I think I speak on be­half of al­most ev­ery­one to say that it just sur­passes what we could have imag­ined. A song en­ti­tled as such, again, I could’ve more eas­ily as­sumed where it wouldn’t work as op­posed to where it would, you know. How does it feel to see Gwyneth Pal­trow per­form the song on Glee and sim­i­lar hap­pen­ings?

tubu­lar (laughs). It’s awe­some man. What do you think? From gwyneth Pal­trow to Wil­liam Shat­ner to the nu­mer­ous many ver­sions and cov­ers and par­o­dies on the In­ter­net, on Youtube, it’s like, “Wow.”

It’s phe­nom­e­nal, it’s hum­bling and it’s em­pow­er­ing all at the same time. It’s awe­some in the lit­eral sense of the word and I’m just very for­tu­nate, very lucky, very blessed. It’s all that any­one could ask for. It’s more than enough in­cen­tive to keep go­ing. — AP n Cee Lo Green’s Lady Killer is re­leased by Warner Mu­sic Malaysia.

He’s the man: Cee Lo Green’s new al­bum TheLadyKiller has been re­ceiv­ing a lot of pos­i­tive re­views from mu­sic crit­ics.

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