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MP3 Music, December 1, 2009
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The 1st 8 songs (Crazy Night, Exit, Echo, Bangin' The Headboard, Go Low, Whole Lotta Kisses, Like I Do, & Number One) on this album are all very enjoyable, but he fails with the next 3 thereafter (I Love The DJ, Supaman High, Be My #2). The next song is "Text Me" and I can't say that I hate the song, but it's one that would possibly get skipped by me depending on my mood as it is the type of song that really does nothing for me, but I'd listen to it. R. manages to regain strength and closes the album strong with the last 3 songs (Religious, Elsewhere, & Pregnant).
Were I able to give the album 3.5 stars that's what I would've given it but the majority of the album is good so I had to go with 4 stars. R. Kelly can definitely do better and I hope that he will on his next project. He has absolutely nothing to prove to the young cats as his catalog demolishes all of their material combined. I really would like to see R. get back to quality 1st and being hot 2nd. Honestly I haven't heard anything from R. Kelly in the last at least 8 years that would reach the classic mark, although he does have a very nice song floating around the net now called "Fallen From the Sky" that proves to me that dude still has the ability to delivery classics. I'm hoping to hear one soon.
A short while after its release and out of curiosity, I popped into a local music retail store for a quick listen. Though I did not spend more than a couple of minutes on each track, after less than fifteen minutes of listening, I felt sick and needed a brown bag. This couldn't have been the R. Kelly that brought us '12 Play', the self-titled 'R. Kelly', the double album 'R' and [...]! It is not that the music on the album is bad by today's standards. The problem is that R. Kelly has dumbed his music down to accommodate certain expectations, no doubt.
As a mid-thirties father to a daughter, the music on this record made me very uncomfortable at a certain level. Come to think of it, my old man who is fiftysomething, was a huge fan of Kelly (probably still is!), but he has not spoken of him in at least four years! I guess the point here is, Kelly has not grown with his fanbase over the years, instead choosing to go backwards. This has pushed his mature fanbase towards artists like Anthony Hamilton, Brian McKnight, Joe, Musiq Soulchild and other similar artists. I tend to agree with a reviewer who suggested that Kelly look at his birth certificate and try to catch up.
Here's hoping that in the near future Kelly will go back to the studio and record the great album we all know he is still capable of.
Unlike his previous efforts, Kelly is only the lone songwriter on two tracks of Untitled. However, you would only know it if you read the album credits. Untitled plays like any of Kelly's best releases. The faster paced tracks like "I Love The DJ," "Superman High," and "Be My #2" are catchy and will, no doubt, become staples in the clubs, but the real highlights are in the slow songs. R. Kelly's voice is a step above the competition and it shines early on with "Exit" and "Echo." The two tracks written by Kelly alone, "Go Low" and "Whole Lotta Kisses" are also quality voice featuring songs with a romantic mood.
In the end, Untitled is lacking the single power of Kelly's previous albums, but as a whole, it is easily one of his most consistent works. From start to finish, R. Kelly takes us on a musical journey through more of his sexual exploits. He casually disguises his bragging beneath well designed beats and warm vocal melodies. Like the women he sings about, R. Kelly will leave his fans satisfied with this newest release.
Similar Artists: Ginuwine, Marvin Gaye
Track Suggestion: Echo
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