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The Closet Freak: The Best Of Cee-lo Green The Soul Machine
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Cee-Lo Green sprang into the national consciousness in 2006 thanks to his stunning Gnarls Barkley collaboration with Danger Mouse. Yet, those in the know have been following the career of this adventurous Southern singer a... more »
Cee-Lo Green sprang into the national consciousness in 2006 thanks to his stunning Gnarls Barkley collaboration with Danger Mouse. Yet, those in the know have been following the career of this adventurous Southern singer and rapper for more than a decade. This set culls tracks from his days as part of Goodie Mob, a groundbreaking Dirty South rap ensemble, as well as his two terrific-but-overlooked solo albums. Mixing elements of jazz and psychedelic soul into his weird, eclectic hip-hop blend, Cee-Lo became one of rap's most remarkable cutting-edge artists--spiritual, street-savvy, soulful, and not afraid to sing if the mood should strike him. "Closet Freak," from his solo debut, proves his incredible facility as a rhyme-spitter, as funky horns and frenetic beats swell behind him. Producer Timbaland provides an appropriately strange but still-groovy track for "I'll Be Around," a highlight from Cee-Lo's second solo album. Meanwhile, "Soul Food," the title track from Goodie Mob's 1995 debut, offers a hard-hitting glimpse of Dirty South music in its formative years. While this compilation may only intend to capitalize on (exploit?) Cee-Lo's latest success, it's filled with top-notch, audacious material and provides a worthwhile introduction for those new to the table. --Marc Greilsamer
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It's all good, but this set is completely unnecessary.
Daniel McKinley | ATL, Joja, United States | 11/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Cee-Lo has exactly two true solo albums, as well as the 3 Goodie MOb albums he's participated in to date, not to mention his numerous guest appearances. But this set is just for the truly lazy. Both of his solo albums deserve to be heard in their entirety, as do all 3 G.MOb albums (yes, even World Party!). If this comp did anything other than compile a questionable best-of from his solos and append two admittedly standout tracks from the absolute opposite end of his career, it might be worth something. As it is, though, all this set will be good for once you've listened to it once is as a resale to someone else who's too timid to just dive in to the back catalog. Just skip the step where you waste your money on material you're just going to end up buying again soon."