“Why can’t we open our eyes to the sign of the times?” Cee Lo Green pleads on his soulful new song, which samples Bob James’ flute-and-keys groove from the classic TV series Taxi. The laid-back “Sign of the Times” – available to purchase via iTunes – is the singer’s latest tease of his upcoming album Heart Blanche, out November 13th.
Last month, Cee Lo released an interactive lyric video for Heart Blanche lead single “Robin Williams,” which he described as an “homage to our humanity, centered around the strength it takes to smile in the face of adversity.” The new LP is Cee Lo’s first non-Christmas release since 2010’s The Lady Killer, which spawned his celebratory smash “Fuck You.”
Earlier this month, Green apologized for a series of controversial tweets about rape he penned in 2014 after pleading no contest to drug charges. “I do realize in retrospect that it was highly sensitive, what I tweeted – highly irresponsible,” the singer told The Sunday Times. “It did stem from emotion causing some involuntary action, and I do believe that, maybe just possibly, we could all give each other a margin for human error.”
In August of last year, Green pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance, stemming from a July 2012 incident in which he was accused of slipping ecstasy into a woman’s drink. Green was ordered to complete 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Before switching to Heart Blanche, Green considered naming his new album Girl Power as a response to his public perception. “At one point it was called Girl Power, because it is all about the adornment, the upliftment, the exaltment and the appreciation of all things woman,” Green told The Sunday Times.