It would be crazy to forget about CeeLo Green, even after five years since the release of his multi-platinum selling album The Lady Killer. That record spawned the international smash Forget You which has been stuck in our heads ever since. The award-winning singer has returned with his fifth studio album Heart Blanche and we couldn’t be more excited.
Green has brought in some big guns to help produce and co-write the new album: Mark Ronson, John Hill (Florence And The Machine), Eg White (Adele) and more. Long-time listeners will be treated to the CeeLo Green charm we’ve come to know and love; the Mark Ronson co-written and produced Mother May I is as smooth as butter and you fall in love with its easy-going nature.
There are influences from various decades; Tonight is a modern take on 70s/80s dance floor music and it makes you want to jump off the couch and boogie down. Est. 1980s is an ode to music’s most influential era and will make those who lived it nostalgic or those who missed it crave to have been there. Also notable is the catchy CeeLo Sings The Blues with his incredibly soulful vocals; unfortunately Robin Williams missed the mark and can come across as exploiting the untimely death of celebrities.
Heart Blanche can be honest and giving, Green doesn’t over-complicate things and you can mostly just sit back and enjoy. There were moments where you thought the album could pick up a little more in terms of tempo etc, but perhaps forcing more ‘oomph’ onto the album would dampen the subtleness. Heart Blanche would be perfect to play on a sunny day or for a party/gathering; it’s definitely a welcoming and easy-going record.