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The R. In R&B Collection, Vol. 1

R. Kelly

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Album Review

Creatively, R. Kelly came a long way since 1992. The Chicago singer started out his career with catchy, if conventional, new jack swing, but as the '90s progressed, he evolved into one of more interesting, risk-taking male singers in urban contemporary and neo-soul. It would be a stretch to say that Kelly is in a class with Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, or Marvin Gaye — he's a product of a different generation and a different era, and he needs to be evaluated on his own hip-hop-minded terms rather than '60s or '70s terms (even though he has plenty of '60s and '70s influences). But it's no exaggeration to say that some of Kelly's work has been excellent, including many of the songs on The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1 — a best-of release that paints a generally favorable picture of the Chicagoan by focusing on his more essential recordings. Many of Kelly's well-known hits are provided, and they range from "You Remind Me of Something" and "Bump n' Grind" to "I Believe I Can Fly," "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)," and "I'm Your Angel" (the singer's unlikely duet with Celine Dion). Spanning 1992-2003, the collection shows how much Kelly evolved during that 11-year period. The thing that ties many of these songs together — from the Guy-ish new jack swing number "She's Got That Vibe" in 1992 to "Fiesta" in 2000 — is hip-hop, which has always been an integral part of the singer's output. Vol. 1 isn't the last word on Kelly's output; some major hits are missing, and the Vol. 1 part of the title implies that a Vol. 2 is needed. But for the novice or casual listener who wants to have many of Kelly's hits in the same place, Vol. 1 serves its purpose nicely.

Customer Reviews

I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly, Stick to the Ground

I was listening to the radio, and I heard "I Believe I Can Fly" come on. Now, the song is not that great to begin with (it repeats over and over, and has sappy words) but as soon as I heard this version by R. Kelly I hated it. If ears could scream, mine would have. The fact that at some points in the song he sings off key, and that his voice is shaky the whole time, makes this remake of the song certainly not worthwhile to listen to. Next time they make a remake of the song, no, wait. They SHOULD NEVER make a remake of this song.

Amazing

This cd has all of his best songs ever! I love them all.

Biography

Born: January 08, 1967 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

R&B producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter R. Kelly and his supporting band Public Announcement began recording in 1992 at the tail-end of the new jack swing era, yet he was able to keep much of its sound alive while remaining commercially successful. While he created a smooth, professional mixture of hip-hop beats, soulman crooning, and funk, the most distinctive element of Kelly's music is its explicit carnality. He was able to make songs like "Sex Me," "Bump n' Grind," "Your Body's...
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