ALBUM REVIEW

Artist: R. Kelly
Album: Love Letter
Exec. Producer: R. Kelly
Label: Jive
Release Date: December 14, 2010

Dear Mr. Kelly,

As a Soul/R&B lover, I just wanted to express my gratitude for your upcoming release “Love Letter”. During a time where male R&B artists tend to sound like each other you were able to masterfully bring R&B back to its roots while keeping the listener entertained. Your first single “When a Woman Loves” is so-so as a single but to hear it on the album completes the song. It has been years since we’ve heard music with a soulful sound that is reminiscent of Sam Cooke. The track titled “Love Is” that features K. Michelle takes one back to the lovely duets Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell blessed us with.

“Taxi Cab” reminds me of the R. Kelly who brought us “Bump & Grind” and “Ignition”. It wouldn’t be a R. Kelly album without this signature track. “Not Feelin’ the Love” is a true Rhythm and Blues track that describes a change in love that includes tempos that haven’t been heard in a while. In “Lost in Your Love” you start by singing that you want to bring love songs back to the radio - you’ve done it! Your message of love and music is so deep many will miss your intentions. “Just Can’t Get Enough” is a nice mellow track, like most of the album, in which listeners will remember the love of their life that they couldn’t get enough of.

Your “Love Letter” takes the listener on a musical journey of R&B Soul from the 60’s through current day. Music cannot continue to grow unless we acknowledge where its been and your creativity has accomplished this while providing us with a complete album that has so much meaning. Let me be the first to say thank you for bringing R&B full circle and reminding me why I love it so much. You have become my “Number One Hit” and you can believe that this album will be your number one hit for the 13th time.

Sincerely yours,
a.c.e.

SonicAmp Rating: 10/10

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