New Music Tuesday: Cee-Lo Green, Kid Cudi and Eric Clapton
Enjoy New Music Tuesday with Cee-Lo Green, Kid Cudi and Eric Clapton.
As we head into the holiday shopping season we are getting more and more new albums released as artists try to find their way under people’s Christmas trees. Here are some of the noteworthy releases (Cee-Lo Green, Kid Cudi and Eric Clapton) hitting the stores this week.
Cee-Lo Green‘s “The Lady Killer” brings an eclectic mix of old school flavor and modern edge. He raps, sings, yells and uses a wide variety of musical styles all to perfect effect. Many people may know him as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley, but Cee-Lo Green has done solo work in the past as well as guesting on numerous other tracks by other artists. “The Lady Killer” rides onto the shelves on the success of the monster hit “Fuck You.” “Fuck You” is a great break-up song in which Cee-Lo unapologetically goes through his strengths and weakness and lets his girl know that her not appreciating what he has to offer is her problem. I have always been a sucker for a good fuck off song and this one might be one of the best fuck off songs of all time ranking up there with Alanis Morissettes “You Ought To Know”, Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and the REM’s “The One I Love.” Cee-Lo switches styles effortlessly and creates an interesting, energetic and exciting record.
Rapper Kid Cudi releases the follow up to his well received debut album this week. The new album, “Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager” has an odd title, but it fits Cudi’s style. He likes to push the envelope and is known for using real music, not computer generated beats in his songs. At times he is almost like a jazz musician experimenting with sound and mood. As if Miles Davis had a bastard child with Snoop Dog and forced him to listen to Hendrix and Marley, Kid Cudi takes his influences, flips them upside down and make them his own. He has guested on a ton of tracks and those artists seem to be returning the favor as everyone from Mary J. Blige to Kanye West shows up on the album. At times the album veers off in odd directions and Kid Cudi seems to be on the verge of getting lost in his own crazy world, but he brings it back around, holds it together and makes it all work. The bottom line is simple on this one. There won’t be much middle ground. You will either hate, or think it is brilliant. I think it is a pretty amazing work.
There are a few other albums of note releasing this week. Queensryche is releasing the 20th anniversary box of their landmark album Empire. If you are like me and grew up in the 80’s this was a must have record and the 20th anniversary edition features digital remasters of all the songs as well as a second album of never before released live tracks. In the holiday spirit, Susan Boyle of X-factor fame has a Christmas album out called “The Gift”. Tom Petty has a reissue “Damn The Torpedoes” which is made up of remasters and new issues of stuff from his original sessions for “Damn The Torpedoes”. Eric Clapton has a live album called “Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010”. The live album features performances form this year’s festival and includes Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Joe Bonamassa, Jeff Beck and others. Blues fans and fans of great guitar work should love it.
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