Review of Cee-Lo Green Album: The Lady Killer
Everyone knows the song “F*ck You.” You and I both know that you know all the words, and usually find yourself singing it in the shower or at least singing along when you hear it played (which is probably twice a day). But have you heard the rest of the album? If not, you’re not missing much. While “F*ck You” appeals to just about everyone due to its irresistibly catchy chorus and melody, the rest of the album will appeal to a narrower group of true R&B fans, and will incite significantly less dancing. The songs that are happy, pleasant, and dancey in the same way as “F*ck You,” such as “It’s OK,” “Wildflower,” and “Satisfied,” lack the catchy melody and just fall a bit short. The songs that don’t try to be dancey in the same way as “F*ck You,” such as “Fool For You,” “Please You,” and “Old Fashioned” are quite good and memorable in their own way, but are also very much targeted at R&B fans as opposed to a wider audience. A song that bridges the two categories of pleasant, upbeat pop and R&B in the same way as “F*ck You” is “No One’s Gonna Love You” which manages to be catchy in a slower, less kitschy way, setting it apart from the rest of the album. Other songs, such as “Love Gun,” and “Bodies” tie in to the title and general theme of the album, but are very dramatic, with lots of sound-effects and slightly morbid lyrics, and are not exactly easy-listening. I’d say R&B fans should check out the album for themselves, but for everyone else who just likes “F*ck You” and so wants to give the rest of the album a listen, check out “No One’s Gonna Love You” and then consider doing something else with those 47 minutes instead.