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R. Kelly
R. Kelly
R. Kelly
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
R. Kelly's third album indicates that he's got the range and the staying power of an R&B great. More importantly, it's the album where the libidinous stage persona of R. and his creator Robert finally come together, offe...  more »


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All Artists: R. Kelly
Title: R. Kelly
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 8
Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
Release Date: 8/1/2003
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Styles: Contemporary R&B, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 012414157928, 828765363327, 012414157911, 5013705153440

R. Kelly's third album indicates that he's got the range and the staying power of an R&B great. More importantly, it's the album where the libidinous stage persona of R. and his creator Robert finally come together, offering a glimpse of the man behind the libido. Kelly plays almost every instrument on the 16 tracks himself, delivering subtle variations of his laid-back rhythm and gently pulsing bass with lush walls of sound constructed from synthesized strings, keyboards and marimbas. At first listen, the melodies seem lazy and indistinct, but the hooks are sly and insidious, and they work their way into your subconscious. Kelly's voice is what keeps you coming back until they register. A sweet and supple instrument, it caresses the curves in the arrangements, stretching from a throaty whisper to an croon to a magnificent soaring wail. He's also made strides beyond the more misogynous impulses of the earlier records. Predecessors from Marvin Gaye to Prince have believed that there's nothing more spiritual than really great sex, and R. Kelly is makeout music that ranks with the very best. --Jim DeRogatis

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Erica F. from LEO, IN
Reviewed on 10/10/2012...
Songs Included are

1. Intro - The Sermon R. Kelly 3:23
2. Hump Bounce R. Kelly 4:06
3. Not Gonna Hold On R. Kelly 4:04
4. You Remind Me Of Something R. Kelly
5. Step In My Room R. Kelly 3:48
6. Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby... R. Kelly 4:19
7. (You To Be) Be Happy R. Kelly featuring The Notorious B.I.G. 4:36
8. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)R. Kelly featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley 4:48
9. I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) R. Kelly 5:31
10. Thank God It's Friday R. Kelly 3:53
11. Love Is On The Way R. Kelly 3:01
12. Heaven If You Hear Me R. Kelly 0:58
13. Religious Love R. Kelly 4:11
14. Tempo Slow R. Kelly 4:10
15. As I Look Into My Life R. Kelly 1:30
16. Trade In My Life R. Kelly 6:20

CD Reviews

Great album
S. M. Anderson | Lithia Springs, GA | 02/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of my favorite albums by R. This is when we had to realize, "this brother is talented!!!!" This album was good because he had some of his love songs on it, then the songs to make you groove, and threw in some spirtual songs to round it off. There is something for everyone on this CD. My favorite cuts on this CD:2. Hump Bounce - nice litte groove
6. Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby
7. You to be Happy
8. Down Low - the relationship between he and Isley was born
9. I can't sleep baby
14.Temp Slow
16. Trade in My life - he was testifying on this song!!!The whole album is good, but the songs I listed are the songs I play the most."
R. Kelly found his voice...
essence_uk | 01/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album in my opinion is R's finest of all. Sadly 1995's "R. Kelly" seems slept on (Due to a lack of real hit singles?), which is a damned shame as he never got as deep before or since. It is mature, beautifully orchestrated and he had now found his own vibe. "Born Into The 90s" and to a lesser extent "12 Play" were soaked with the influence of Guy's New Jack era material and although both (especially the later) had great chart friendly appeal, this album is his fully realised masterpiece.Operating within the framework of a gospel themed intro and closure, R. is on best behaviour and there is little of the shallow, thug posturings that on occasion have hurt his recent releases like "R" and "TP-2.Com". There is a chilled, bumping flow throughout and this is no better exemplified than on probably my favourite R. Kelly track of all, "Down Low". The chemistry between R and Ronald Isley (Brother Ernie assisting on guitar) is beautiful to behold. A true epic, laid back jam. "Contagious" the sequel (On Isley Brothers' "Eternal" album) is equally excellent.Other highlights to be found include "You Remind Me Of Something" with it's humourous metaphors and "(You To Be) Be Happy" which effortlessly works a Notorious BIG rap in. There's the usual quality bedroom ballad "Step In My Room", yet he ploughs a deeper grain with the exquisite "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)". "Hump Bounce" and "Thank God It's Friday" are prime relaxed, head nodders.There's not a weak moment to be found and the LP's self titled moniker of "R. Kelly" surely comes from the work here being the ultimate personal statement of his artistic muse. Despite the relative inconsistency of subsequent efforts I'm sure he can sleep well, rest assured that in this album he produced a true work of class no matter what the future holds..."