A man put a Love Letter in the mailbox a couple of years ago. It was dedicated to all the ladies of the world and it was generally well-received among them. This is the follow-up, entitled Write Me Back because, as far as R Kelly is concerned, the best music was made before the invention of e-mail and phone text messaging. It’s an album of new soul songs that sound like old soul songs; a nostalgic trip back to the 1970s and 1960s, just like the last album.
And, just like that last album, it’s a case of style over substance. R Kelly handles almost all of the music production and that’s fantastic. He was always his own best musician. So the music sounds gorgeous, sometimes perfectly so. The first song captures the magic of Marvin Gaye. It’s the vocal melodies that are lacking. And that’s a shame because catchy vocal melodies were a given back when R Kelly made R Kelly songs with no special formulas or gimmicks.
my rating = 3 of 5