R. Kelly ‘Write Me Back’ Album Review
Last time around we received a beautiful “Love Letter” from R. Kelly – a coherent piece inspired by Sam Cooke where he shared his love stories and his heart breaking tales with his fans.
Robert Kelly aka the Micheal Jordan of music who had ask his fans to Tweet, email, fax and call him to tell him what kind of music they wanted from him – has gathered all of the requests and put them on a new album entitled “Write Me Back” that will hit stores on June 28th.
So listeners will not be surprised to discover that “Write Me Back” (which is a mixture of Motown sounds, 1950s Rock and Roll beats, 1980s pop/rock era and modern 2012 RnB ish tunes) has a little something for everyone.
In trying to please all of his fans, the crooner came up with a set of stellar songs that are deemed timeless.
Starting with “Party Jumpin” and “All Rounds On Me” – the singer brought Elvis Presley/Ray Charles back to life with the tracks which were made for The Ed Sullivan Show where women would twist and turn in their puffed up skirts.
Continuing in the brilliant path, Kelly channeled his inner Smokey Robinson on “Fool For You” and revived Motown with “Clipped Wings” and of course “Lady Sunday.”
These three very emotional tracks permitted the great story teller to share the events that lead to the departure of the love of his life.
The album peaked with modern tunes “Believe In Me” and “When A Man Lies.”
While one song focuses on a prisoner writing to his lover asking her to remain hopeful and the other gives an inside look of the hurt and pain a cheating man can cause a woman – both songs give the singer the opportunity to deliver soulful vocal performances.
The songs also highlight the star’s creative writing and production skills.
Other stand out cuts include “You Are My World” – where Kelly pays homage to Micheal Jackson and “Fallin’ From The Sky” which was originally written for Chris Brown on the deluxe version of the album.
But not all 16 songs will stand the test of time.
Despite using his silky voice on “Green Light” and “Believe That It’s So” – it must be said that they sound like left overs from previous albums.
Through very hard work, an insanely wild imagination and the power of the holy ghost, and past experiences R. Kelly has managed to masterly blend emotions such love, sex, deception, hope, excitement, religion and pain on one album.
These are emotions that resonate with all his fans who will most likely write him back and tell him thank you and to tell him that he will indeed be remembered as the artist would could do anything.
1. Love Is
2. Feelin’ Single
3. Lady Sunday
4. When A Man Lies
5. Clipped Wings
6. Believe That It’s So
7. Fool For You
8. All Rounds On Me
9. Believe In Me
10. Green Light
11. Party Jumpin’
12. Share My Love
13. Beautiful In This Mirror
14. You Are My World
15. Fallin’ From The Sky
16. One Step Closer
Category: Album Reviews