This Cee Lo Green article was written by Bex Suchecki, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Adam Jones
Thomas deCarlo Callaway, better known as Cee Lo Green, is probably most known for his bestselling single ‘Crazy’, as one of half of Gnarls Barkley. Although he’s been active since the early 90s, this collaborative effort put Green’s vocal on the commercial music map. Cee Lo Green saw similar success with solo single ‘Forget You’ and as a result the parent album ‘The Lady Killer’ became a top-five album. ‘Heart Blanche’, his fifth solo studio album, was released on the 6th November 2015, following the release of single ‘Robin Williams’.
Lead track, ‘Est.1980s’ could well transport a listener back to the 80s. A catchy pop-rock track, slightly reminiscent of ‘Duran Duran’ it tells a story of childhood in the 1980s. The track is arguably the classiest and catchiest on the album. Like ‘Est.1980s’, the track ‘Tonight’ gives a somewhat weak sounding pop album some additional depth and lift. Much like ‘Est.1980s’, this is an up-tempo track that feels as though it has been inspired by a previous decade and exudes a disco vibe.
‘Robin Williams’ is a nice touch as a dedication to the death of the well-loved actor and is inspiring and catchy in Green’s trademark enthusiastic way. Other admirable tracks include ‘Music to My Soul’, which is uplifting soulful pop, and ‘Better Late Than Never’, an intriguing track that again exudes the styling of 70s and 80s disco and pop.
This album sees classy, inspired originals meet commercialised offerings, which makes for a frustrating listen at times. Originality is present, Green’s vocal strength is unmistakeable, yet stand-out tracks are few and far between. However, the stand-out tracks on the album are produced well and make for a good listen – essential for any Cee Lo Green fan.
‘Heart Blanche’ is out now via Atlantic Records.