Love Letter is not the R. Kelly album for those who love the singer for his freaky ways, his wince/chuckle-inducing lyrics. Apart from one line in "Lost in Your Love" -- specifically "I wanna make love in Braille, while I'm feelin' on you" -- and perhaps "Taxi Cab," Kelly's tenth studio album is tame by his standard. It's easily the least sexually charged album in his discography, ideal for those who admire him as a singer, arranger, and producer but tune out the fantastical come-ons. Packaged like a classic '60s album, a handful of songs are clearly designed to evoke the sound of that era; the pleading "Radio Message" and "When a Woman Loves," as well as the pained "How Do I Tell Her?" and the bouncing "Love Is" (featuring K. Michelle), are too well-crafted and convincingly delivered to be heard as mere genre exercises. A handful of other highlights, with their lingering melodies, fluid basslines, and delicate flourishes, radiate warmth and recall late-'70s and early-'80s soft soul. Otherwise, on the likes of the steady-rocking "Number One Hit," the sweet title song, and the lighthearted "A Love Letter Christmas," Kelly is in contemporary mode but continues to keep it classy. A faithful cover of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone," an unlisted bonus track, closes it out.
Performance CreditsR. Kelly Primary Artist
Donnie Lyle Guitar,Bass Guitar
Greg Landfair Guitar
Rodney East Keyboards
Technical CreditsR. Kelly Arranger,Composer,Producer
Donnie Lyle Musical Director
Abel Garibaldi Programming,Engineer
Ian Mereness Programming,Engineer
Jeff Meeks Programming,Engineer
Meghan Foley Art Direction
Chiquita Oden grooming
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Love Letter based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This cd shows R.Kelly's musical range. He sounds amazing, nothing such as I've heard from him in the past. You can here MJ's overtone in his voice in many of the songs. It's sad his behavior preceded this album because he didn't get the recognition he deserved. This cd is a definite must have!
Y'all know ya gonna love this CD...hey...hey!!! Wow, I did not think RK had it in him to do somethin' like this. The "brutha" has talent, going back to the R&B music genre of the 60's, 70's and 80's - old school Chi-town soul (Just Can't Get Enough) blended with a certain freakiness, as doing it in Taxi Cab. Radio Message is a song of broken heart and lost love - a man and his ladyfriend breaking up, he loses her, and then he realizes he wants her back in his life, begging and pleading for her to come back to his warm embrace. When A Woman Loves got me thinkin' of Jackie Wilson singin' his heart out and it will have ya doin' a slow jam (like back in the days) in the high school gym...yeah, throw in the ooh, oohs and harmonizing of the backup singers and whoop there it is...doo-wop. With Love Is, it may not be Marvin and Tammi, but it has that Motown funk and sound. There seems to be a Marvin Gaye's Distant Lover/Let's Get It On/Baby I Sure Love to Ball mix in Music Must Be a Lady. How appropriate in that he gives a little somethin' somethin' for the holiday (A Love Letter Christmas) - good track for a romantic couple to sip some Mumm's or Dom Perignon this time of the year and then havin' some fun...(nice rappin' and upbeat tempo) will even have ya steppin' and partyin' on down. Let me back it up some to Number One Hit (a soft, silky smooth style, almost similar to Sade's Your Love Is King) - and yep, he does give Sade the prop on this song. The bonus track which is untitled is a tribute to Michael Jackson and has that hint of I Believe I Can Fly. This CD is a #1 hit extraordinaire and ya would not want to pass this one up. Get it and love it...RK has matured and come of age.