Heart Blanche

Heart Blanche

by Cee Lo Green

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Overview

In "Working Class Heroes (Work)," the carefree fourth track on Heart Blanche, CeeLo Green beams, "There ain't no problem that music can't solve." Throughout his fourth proper solo album, Green seems guided by this phrase, like he wants to project nothing but positivity, as if he needs the art form as much as ever. Since the 2010 release of The Lady Killer, he was visible on a number of fronts: he coached on The Voice, released a Christmas album, and reunited with Goodie Mob. However, he also made headlines -- often followed by the accurate if pointed phrase "the 'Crazy' singer" -- for several less desirable reasons, including a felony charge of furnishing Ecstasy to a woman, as well as offensive tweets he published after he pleaded no contest and was sentenced to probation. Apart from the self-pitying "CeeLo Green Sings the Blues" and moments that lament mortality, Heart Blanche is upbeat and colorful. It's also more nostalgic than any Green album that preceded it, stuffed with allusions and direct references to the past. It wouldn't be surprising to learn that Green had each one of its recording studios outfitted to resemble an idealized version of his childhood bedroom. The album's first full song is a part neo-new wave, part action movie soundtrack and a fist-pumper tribute to the '80s, where he illustrates how he was a pop-culture sponge, embracing synth pop and hair metal as much as he identified with Run-D.M.C. In bittersweet form, he later pays tribute to Robin Williams and a number of other deceased comedic actors, offering "We've got to laugh the pain away." A sample of Bob James' "Angela (Theme from 'Taxi')" opens the following song (titled exactly like a different James' composition). A few other songs are either referential or evocative, and it would all seem like too much, too heavy-handed, if Green didn't keep the hooks coming. The breezy Isley Brothers/Free Design hybrid "Race Against Time," the perseverance anthem "Music to My Soul," and the disco-soul/soft rock compound "Better Late Than Never" are all decked out, and are among Green's craftiest work.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678667756
catalogNumber: 551871
Rank: 109367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cee Lo Green   Primary Artist
Paul Cartwright   Violin
Taylor Graves   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Woody Jackson   Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jeremy Ruzumna   Keyboards
Peter Jacobson   Cello
Eg White   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums
Leo Abrahams   Electric Sitar
John Wicks   Drums
Sam Cohen   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Josh Lopez   Guitar
Aaron Redfield   Drums
Thomas Lea   Viola
Keefus Ciancia   Keyboards
Shiben Bhattacharya   Bass,Guitar
Todd Simon   Horn
Joseph Gonzalez   Bass
Joel Van Dijk   Guitar

Technical Credits

Solomon Burke   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Bob James   Composer
Brian Kennedy   Composer,Producer
John Miles   Composer
Nathan Payton   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Pat Vegas   Composer
Doug Boehm   Engineer
Jeremy Ruzumna   Composer,Engineer,drum programming
Danny Zook   Sample Clearance
Cee Lo Green   Composer,Producer
John Meredith   Composer
Samuel Harris   Composer
Jacob Luttrell   Composer
Dan Carey   Programming,Engineer
Eg White   Programming,Producer
Duke Baxter   Composer
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer
John Wicks   Drum Arrangements
Kaveh Rastegar   Composer
Jack Splash   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Nikola Bedingfield   Composer
Chris Kasych   Engineer
Yannis Philippakis   Programming,Engineer
Joshua Skubel   Package Production
Robin Hannibal   String Arrangements
Ryan Gilligan   Engineer
Alex Kresovich   Composer,Producer
Sonny J. Mason   Producer
Francis White   Composer
Futuristics   Producer
John Hill   Producer
Joshua Matthews   Composer
Alex Schwartz   Composer
Sean Phelan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Cook Classics   Producer
Mark Williams   Composer
Tommy Hittz   Producer
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Daniel Ledinsky   Composer,Producer
Joe Khajadourian   Composer
Jon Bellion   Composer,Producer
Alex Trochut   Logo Design
Jamil Chammas   Additional Production
William Lobban-Bean   Composer
Geoffrey Early   Composer
Charlie Puth   Composer,Programming,Producer
Riccardo Damian   Engineer
Ron Cabiltes   Sample Clearance
Hayden Frank   Composer
Andreas Pfannenstill   Composer
Rudie Edwards   Composer
Aravind Reddy   Programming
Tomas N. Carrillo   Programming

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