Gig review: Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green O2 Academy, Glasgow ***

IN A sea of generic hip-pop and R&B peers, Cee Lo Green stands out with an idiosyncratic sweet, husky tenor which harks back to the vintage soul era. But rather than tour his album The Ladykiller in fitting old school soul revue style, for his first solo outing, he was accompanied by a band of space vixens in silver lycra, who looked like they had stepped straight off the set of a Russ Meyer film, wielding a superficially rock'n'roll sound.

While it can be a shrewd move to confound expectations, their presence looked more and more like a kitsch gimmick as the set progressed, and graceless arrangement after overblown backing failed to deliver the pop kick the fans had shown up for.

Green's iconic vocal on the Gnarls Barkley classic Crazy was all but drowned out by a horrible pomp keyboard backing. He fared better with a relatively straightforward career through The Violent Femmes' Gone Baby Gone, which he somehow managed to claim as his own song, but was never at any point in the set allowed the space to deliver the killer vocal he is capable of.

F*** You, aka sanitised charttopper Forget You, was performed in its original lyrical version - with the audience supplying all the expletives -- but was perversely re-invented as a mash-up with The Clash's Rock the Casbah and rounded off with a burst of Eddie Floyd's Knock On Wood.

The Stars on 45 approach prevailed with a pointless, truncated encore of Lou Reed's Perfect Day which felt like a weedy compromise - and Green is so much better than that.