REVIEW: CeeLo Green–“CeeLo’s Magic Moment”

CeeLo Green-CeeLo's Magic MomentCeeLo Green has made an incredible transition into the pop music field. Known for his time with groups such as Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley, the wildly gifted and talented artist has become a fixture in mainstream entertainment.  As an original part of NBC’s The Voice, the Grammy nominated artist would become most popular for his profanity laden single, which would become known to many as “Forget You”. So, when this wildly eclectic artist decided to do a Christmas album, clearly, it would be less than a Christmas classic right?! WRONG!!

Green’s fourth solo project is an absolute gem of a record and his first Christmas offering titled CeeLo’s Magic Moment. This 2012 release features fourteen tracks that represent classic Christmas, with a mixture of traditional Christmas carols and modern holiday songs that are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

First things first. CeeLo Green can SING!

Once again: CeeLo Green can SING!

CeeLo Green pressThis project strips away some of the other elements found on his previous projects and really focuses on the power of his delivery and the message of the season. Just as Christmas is said to bring out the best in others, suchis true for Green, as he delivers his best vocal project to date. He teams with Christina Aguilera, for the fun classic “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Their chemistry from NBC’s The Voice clearly translates on wax, as this pairing does great justice to this song. He teams with a capella sensations Straight No Chaser on the story-laden and fun-loving “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. The fun collaborations continue as he teams with The Muppets on “All I Need Is Love”. Green also teams with New Orleans trumpeter & trombonist Trombone Shorty and Grammy award winning legend Rod Stewart for a great rendition of “Merry Christmas Baby”.

Perhaps the most powerful presentations are found with Green’s ballads. Be careful when listening to the track “River”. It’s very easy to be whisked away into a far away land by the power of Green’s rich tone. He stays true to the theme and reverent nature of the classic “Silent Night”. Traditional yet dramatic in nature, Green is flanked by a powerful choir and a majestic string arrangement that is nothing short of beautiful.

But perhaps no presentation showcases the power of Green’s voice and artistry as “Mary, Did You Know?” Again, leaning toward the traditional presentation of this classic, Green’s presentation is both reverent and deliberate as he sings of the miracle birth of the Christ child. The layers and dimensions to Green’s voice are on great display with this one as he presents arguably the greatest recorded presentation of this song to date.

Cover to cover, this project is a modern Christmas classic. Filled with rich tones and textures, this project really touches on all of the emotions and feelings that are connected to the Christmas season. Indeed, Green has aptly named this project as indeed this IS CeeLo’s Magic Moment!

CeeLo Green: CeeLo’s Magic Moment
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