R. Kelly – Love Letter Is Smooth and Sure to Please
If you’re like 90 percent of the world, you’ve been waiting for a new R. Kelly release. Perhaps not for the music, but because you wanted a good laugh. And don’t worry – good tunes and good laughs are to be had from start to finish on Love Letter, as the legendary womanizer goes all sweet on us. Love Letter is a concept album (albeit not a project on the scale of Trapped in the Closet), complete with 15 tracks of R. Kelly lovin’. You can download Love Letter right here; a physical copy is right here.
For some reason, the more serious R. Kelly tries to get, the more comical it becomes; as such, “Love Letter Prelude” is an amusing a capella introduction, as R. Kelly talk-sings through the track. Things improve when the actual music begins, as “Love Letter” is a catchy, smooth track that feels genuine and doesn’t sound as though R. Kelly is trying too hard to appeal to the women about whom he’s rapped somewhat less respectfully in the past.
“Number One Hit” finds R. Kelly referencing a favorite female friend in terms of a hit single, and while this track may not live up to the name, it’s not a bad song, with an upbeat feel and interesting instrumentation. “Not Feelin’ The Love” is a great track with a classic R&B vibe and some solid lyrics: “In the photographs I took, you don’t give me that same look…Though I see you standing there, I can’t find you anywhere.”
“Lost In Your Love” sounds a bit too familiar, and isn’t R. Kelly’s bets work, simply because it sounds like too much of his past work. “Just Can’t Get Enough” has a similar issue, but thankfully “Taxi Cab” is a combo-breaker thanks to the obvious absurdity – “Made love in a taxi cab,” R. Kelly brags, without a shred of the sense that he’s not serious.
“Radio Message” finds R. Kelly in apology mode, with some strong singing and nice backing horns. “When A Woman Loves” is a mediocre track, with R. Kelly attempting too hard to pull off a ‘5os vibe, and it does feel forced.
R. Kelly brings K. Michelle aboard for “Love Is,” (perhaps only because they share a love of first initial use. Either way, “Love Is” provides one of the best tracks on Love Letter, as it is an upbeat duet that is unlike anything else you’ve heard from R. Kelly recently.
“Just Like That” is not a standout, and the following track, “Music Must Be A Lady” is, but only because the production seems dedicated to attempting to make the song an epic, arena rocking smash when the way the song is written doesn’t really seem to have that vibe.
“A Love Letter Christmas” is a solid track, with a good rhythm and melody, while the heart-breaking “How Do I Tell Her?” is perhaps even better.
All in all, Love Letter has a few absurd moments, but overall, it’s full of classic R. Kelly. Love Letter has a fair amount of sure-to-be hit singles, and features a lot of catchy songs and smooth R&B rhythms. Although every track isn’t the most original, Love Letter finds R. Kelly branching out with success on several tracks and is worth a listen.
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