Published Jan 09, 2014Cee Lo Green has taken on a lot of television commitments in the last few years, but that doesn't seem to have interfered with his musical output, since the singer is gearing up for a busy 2014 that will include a new solo album, in addition to material from his resurrected hip-hop group Goodie Mob and a possible Gnarls Barkley reunion.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Green revealed that his new solo album is called Girl Power, and he's currently in the process of cutting it down from "40 or 50 songs" to about 13. By the sound of things, it will be a sonic departure from what we're used to hearing from the soul crooner.
"Technically and sonically, [I'm] working with new sounds," he said. "I could be all artsy-fartsy describing it, but to me this is bare bones rock and roll; which at heart is who I feel like I am. I feel like I'm a rock artist. I don't feel like I'm a pop artist. And I'm alt rock. I'm indie rock. I'm punk rock. Because it comes from the pots and pans. It's a lot of me, but I've got multiple personalities."
As for his other projects, Goobie Mob have apparently recorded enough material for a new album, and they will reissue 2013's Age Against the Machine with some new material to coincide with the launch of the TBS reality show Cee Lo Green's The Good Life.
As for his Gnarls Barkley project with producer Danger Mouse, those plans are still up in the air, but Green said that a possible reunion was sparked by an off-the-cuff comment he made during an interview.
He explained, "I didn't realize the importance of [a new Gnarls Barkley album] or the anticipation for it until recently. I was going through an airport at about 5:45 a.m. on the way to Atlanta and a guy from TMZ asked me would I be working on another Gnarls. And I was like, 'Yeah, next year.' I was a little dismissive because I don't want to get involved that early — but it just kind of went like wildfire. And I was like, 'Wow, okay. People are still interested to see what we could do.' And so am I. Gnarls Barkley is an alter ego and something like an out-of-body experience."
He speculated that it's possible we could hear new Gnarls this year, so long as it doesn't conflict with the releases of his other projects. The outfit's most recent album was 2008's The Odd Couple.
Whatever ends up happening, fans can expect material from Cee Lo before long.