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Review: CeeLo Green – Heart Blanche

CeeLo Green
Heart Blanche (Warner Music)

Breakdown: American singer, CeeLo Green, has one of the most unique voices in the music industry and his fifth studio album ‘Heart Blanche’ is finally here. CeeLo has already released ‘Music To My Soul’ off the album and its another hit for the crooner.

How Many Good Tracks: 9 of the 15.

What I Liked: There is something about CeeLo’s voice that grabs you in on the first note and he can control it perfectly. CeeLo has the ability to hit high notes perfectly while delivering the low notes on key. Production-wise, I like how he mixes pop, funk, soul, R&B and even gospel. Sure, his music isn’t unique but he knows how to work the genre. The album has such a happy, upbeat vibe to it which is refreshing and the perfect genre for someone with such a high-pitched, unique vocal. His tribute to comedian Robin Williams is a highlight off the album and shows us a different side of the singer – and his honesty on the track strikes a nerve. CeeLo did well with this record.

What I Didn’t Like: CeeLo packaged all the good tracks on the record in the front of this album so the album tends to lose it’s spark towards the end of the record. Then, there is also the awkward fact that the singer pleaded no contest to slipping a woman ecstasy and his thoughts on what constitutes rape which makes his “love songs” sort of unrealistic and a notion many won’t be able to connect to his songs.

Best Track: Working Class Heroes (Work)

Rating: 3.5/5

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