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Cee Lo Green Live Review

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

This is sort of another request from my regular commenter Ruben, since his last suggestion to review the Black Eyed Peas live at the Super Bowl proved to be so fruitful viewing wise.  I thought I should get on with this one straight away.  Well as near as anyway.  This is the post that should have published whilst I was on holiday, so it's a little late but never mind here it is now, enjoy.

As you have probably guessed by the title the review is in relation to Cee Lo Green or Gnarles Barkley, or maybe you know him by his real name?  Thomas DeCarlo Callaway.  I did not have to wait long for the review, as Cee Lo appeared on Later Live With Jools Holland here in the UK a couple of weeks back. 

Cee Lo as he likes to be known is a record producer, singer songwriter and rapper who started his career with Goodie Mob, no I hadn't heard of them either!  We all know him mainly as 1 part of double act Gnarles Barkley a group he created with his DJ/producer friend Danger Mouse.  The guys had a lot of success and released their first single "Crazy" which reached number 1 in both the US and UK, as well as various other countries.  They put out their first album which was well received and went to work on the second, unfortunately that did not match the first ones success.

Cee Lo decided it was time to go it alone, he released quite a lot of music through Arista which did not meet a wide audience before meeting and working with Producer Timbaland.  He released a single with the producer which was well received when performed on the Chappelle show.  Then came the big break when Cee Lo was due to release single Fuck You on 19th August 2010, the record was partially leaked on YouTube in the April and became a massive hit both prior and after it's release.  From there the music has gone up and up in popularity and Cee Lo Green is now highly regarded as one of the best Motown artists in the world.  That brings us to now and the release of his latest single Bright Lights Bigger City, check the video below.

Cee Lo then popped over to the UK to perform the song on Later Live with Jools Holland, a performance that I had to watch twice to fully appreciate.  You may remember that we talked about the new single here a while ago on our weekly music post and I love it, so to the live version.

For a Rap, Hip Hop and R&B song I was expecting most of the music to be electrical (not guitars) pre recorded, and was not sure as to weather he would sing live as some rappers and R&B artists sound terrible when they do so, check out the video below and let me know what you think.

I was wrong, the performance was brilliant with two guitarists who gave the song a exciting twist and very different sound, still allowing you to recognise the music instantly.  Cee Lo sang live and apart from the one moment when he mistimed his return to the microphone his voice came over brilliantly, his energy was excellent and for me hi is one of the few R&B artists I would go and see live if I got the chance.

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If you liked this then why not check out the Black Eyed Peas live at the Super Bowl review, or check out our latest weekly music post, must have songs for your iPod.  On managed to see a movie whilst on holiday last week "The Ugly Truth" starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, the review will be out later this week, be sure to check it out.
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