Cee-Lo Green, The Lady Killer
Throwback Motown grooves with splashes of futuristic keyboard jams
The success of "Fuck You" could have easily relegated former Goodie Mob member and Gnarls Barkley frontman Cee-Lo Green to novelty status. But a boatload of hot beats and Green's singular voice help elevate The Lady Killer past the potty-mouthed glee of its first single. Combining throwback Motown grooves with splashes of futuristic keyboard jams, The Lady Killer is stuffed to the gills with sinister grooves and big hooks. "Fuck You" is a clear highlight, but second single "Bright Lights Bigger City" also cooks (with a big assist from the bass line from "Billie Jean"), as does "Who's Gonna Love You" — perhaps the first future-funk torch song.