Watch Cee-Lo’s official lyric video for “Anyway”

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Rivers Cuomo is not one to shy away from songs about heartbreak. That's partly why his latest collaboration with Cee-Lo Green — the sugary, soon-to-be-covered-on-Glee "Anyway," which was just released as an official lyric video — comes as a bit of a surprise. Gone are the bitter, mordant lyrics about the impermanence of love, or the bare-bones pop tunes dripping with shoulder-shrugging ennui. Instead, Cuomo has given us a treacly, disco-lite anthem that, if nothing else, proves that the word "better" rhymes with "better." 

Nonetheless, with his angelic pipes and spot-on-phrasing, Cee-Lo makes it work, and the trend of the lyric video is starting to grow on me a little bit. It reminds me of those Kidsongs videos from the 1980s, except without the bouncing ball to help you follow the words and the stylin' scrunchie/overalls/high-top tie-dyed pink Keds combos. I'm totally on board with reliving that moment in history again. Anyway, "Anyway" will be officially released as a single on December 12.