Cee Lo Green’s new album worse than a lump of coal

Elizabeth Campbell

You're a mean one, Mr. Green.

By Elizabeth Campbell, Production Editor

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It’s almost Christmas and that means it’s time to curl up next to a fire with a cup of hot cocoa and some great Christmas music. In order to keep yourself in a happy holiday mood, do not, I repeat do not, listen to Cee Lo Green’s Magic Moment Christmas album as it will abruptly put you out of the Christmas mood.

The album is quite disappointing and gives the impression that Green thought just doing a mediocre cover of semi-classics this Christmas would work. It doesn’t.

His number “Mary Christmas, Baby,” featuring Rob Stewart and Trombone Shorty consists mostly of Green showing off his soul-filled voice with plain, repetitive lyrics. At one point, he states that he heard his “music on the radio.” Hopefully the rest of us never will.

His duet with The Voice costar Christina Aguliera, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” provides such stark contrast between the voices that it’s almost harsh to listen to as they swap lines back and forth.

His attempt to cover “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” may leave listeners frustrated because they are given just a taste of Green’s great potential when he sings. Green then forces listeners to sit through his talking through the rest of the song as he tries to tell the whole story of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

There is some relief from what seems like a never-ending Christmas nightmare in his song “Mary, Did You Know?” which has impressive vocals, as Green is truly in his element with the song’s gospel overtones.

The only brief magical moment comes with Green’s cover of “What Christmas Means to Me” with its upbeat background and truly classic lyrics that will have listeners singing along.

Overall, Green’s time and effort would have been better spent on a humorous Christmas cover of his popular, “Forget You”—I see you driving round town in your big red sleigh, and I’m like Bless you!