Home Music Album Reviews

Love Letter

R. Kelly is R&B’s reigning king of outrageousness: Whether inspiring listeners to reach for the sky (“I Believe I Can Fly”) or the Astroglide (“In the Kitchen”), he can always be counted on to deliver horny double-entendres and vocal acrobatics. But on his 11th studio album, Kelly experiments with a novel concept: restraint. Kelly is the consummate gentleman on the PG-rated Love Letter: The sunny title track finds him giving praise to “sweet dreams, butterflies, holding hands,” and on “When a Woman Loves,” a retro-soul ode to fidelity, Kelly’s gritty intensity evokes Wilson Pickett. Much of Love Letter is sleekly tuneful, and it’s a testament to Kelly’s musical ingenuity that the songs don’t fizzle even with the fly zipped up on his wildest eccentricities.

Keep up with rock’s hottest photos in Random Notes.

In This Article: R. Kelly

Show Comments

Newswire

Powered by
Close comments

Add a comment