In the world of hip-hop, experimentation is often a tightrope walk for any artist.

In the world of hip-hop, experimentation is often a tightrope walk for any artist. Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo boldly steps out on said tightrope without a care by crafting his own sound on his solo debut. Having lent his syrupy soulful vocals to the likes of Santana, De La Soul, and Atlanta brethren OutKast, Cee-Lo combines elements of hip-hop, R&B, rock, and gospel on this lengthy set. The Atlanta native leads things off with the ultra-funky single "Closet Freak." A combination of classic P-Funk and Southern soul, the song is easily one of the most inventive tracks to be heard on radio in recent months. On "Big Ole Words," Cee-Lo proves that despite his many musical influences he can still drop lyrical jewels on a good old-fashioned breakbeat. A musical renaissance man, Cee-Lo is in complete charge of all the rhymes, vocals, and productions here.—RH