audio review : 12 Nights Of Christmas ( album ) … R Kelly

audio review : 12 Nights Of Christmas ( album ) ... R Kelly

This is 12 Play, the Christmas edition. I’ll give R credit for not including any covers. The problem with these new original songs is that they lack the magic of a typical holiday carol. The vibes are smooth and soulful in the style of the Love Letter and Write Me Back albums; there’s even a song called Letters with eggnog drip snares; but 12 Nights is nothing to write home about. It’s rather music to play softly in the background while Christmas Lovin under the mistletoe.

my rating = 3 of 5

2016

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audio review : The Buffet ( album ) … R Kelly

audio review : The Buffet ( album ) ... R Kelly

Sticking with clunky analogies; the album title would be more tasteful without the “The”; the most playful part of this meal is a dish entitled Marching Band, which itself is filled with clunky analogies. If R Kelly is a poet, as he suggests, he’s not a good one. “She blow me like a tuba,” he says; The Buffet is a metaphor for a sexy woman’s body; “I beat it up like a snare drum.” It’s a good (enough) song though. Most of the others serve as aesthetic side dishes.

Beatwise, Wake Up Everybody and Backyard Party sound like classic R. It’s their choruses that disappoint. Switch Up, featuring Lil Wayne and Jeremih, and Let’s Be Real Now, a duet with the prettiest girl Kelly’s ever collabed with; no offense to daughter Ariirayé; are downright silly. The album offers a variety of “R&B”; The Buffet also serves as a metaphor for that; but there’s nothing here to suggest he’s (still) The King of it. More like the palace’s head chef.

my rating = 3 of 5

2015

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