Magazine article The New Yorker

Home of the Braves;

Magazine article The New Yorker

Home of the Braves;

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It remains to be seen whether OutKast's outsized success will eclipse other Atlanta soul acts or pull them into the spotlight. The latest postulant is Cee-Lo Green, ne Thomas Callaway, who has just released his second album, "Cee-Lo Green . . . Is the Soul Machine" (Arista). In the group Goodie Mob, Cee-Lo was one of the true originals of Southern hip-hop, a nasal, hyperactive rapper-singer with an abiding interest in spacey funk. He hasn't exactly returned to earth on his new record, but he has hired a number of top-flight pop producers, including the Neptunes, Timbaland, and DJ Premier. The Neptunes man the boards for the first (and strongest) song, "The Art of Noise," on which Cee-Lo muses about the philosophical function of music. The collaboration with Timbaland, "I'll Be Around," moves along on an irresistible woodblock rhythm track. Throughout, Cee-Lo makes a strong bid to succeed OutKast's Andre 3000 as the next great Southern eccentric. …

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