ACL Live Shots
Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Fri., Sept. 23, 2011
Cee LoZilker Park, Sept. 17
"I'm 323 pounds of raw sexuality – can you handle that, Austin?" With an outsized personality and all that sexiness packed in a stout five-foot frame, Cee Lo Green is never boring, even when a set falls a little flat. Backed by a spandex-clad band of killer ladies, the don of the Dirty South cruised through the modern 007 soul of The Lady Killer ("Bright Lights Bigger City") and oddball R&B of Gnarls Barkley ("Crazy," "Run [I'm a Natural Disaster]") before playfully covering "Don't Cha," a tune he wrote and produced for the Pussycat Dolls. The former Goodie Mob rapper launched the festival's least surprising guest spot by shouting, "Nakia, get your sexy ass out here!" The local R&B belter traded verses with his coach from NBC's The Voice on "Forget You," but sound problems made Nakia's usually thundering pipes hard to hear. Despite a sometimes cruise-control effort, when a Yoda-like man raises a shot of tequila and wishes you eternal bliss, it's best to oblige.