the-mob_web.jpgGoodie Mob reunited for their new album, Age Against the Machine, but the foursome’s offering seems more like the CeeLo Green show. It is Goodie Mob’s first album in 14 years as a complete group (Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo released the album, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show — a diss to Green — in 2004).

But Green, a six-time Grammy winner, clearly stands out with ease alongside his longtime group mates for much of the 17-track album. While the others have some shining moments, Green’s talents shine brighter on this

His soulful vocals and lyrics are strong and digestible on songs such as Nexperience and Ghost of Gloria Goodchild. He sings about his first interracial relationship on Amy, and talks about how his burgeoning star appeal as a solo artist has given him some advantages in life on Power.

Goodie Mob’s messages are thought-provoking and insightful throughout their fifth album. They touch on topics from bullying (the Janelle Monae-assisted Special Education) to artistry in music State of the Art (Radio Killa)) to race (Kolors).

Production wise, there are some missteps: Some of Goodie Mob’s sonically-enriched tracks lack their signature Southern sound, including I’m Set and Come As You Are.