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Write Me Back

R. Kelly

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Write Me Back is a smooth bit of retro soul that, if anything, deepens and broadens the historical explorations of its predecessor, Love Letter. It's a self-consciously classicist work, and Kelly uses it as an opportunity to flex his considerable vocal abilities in ways that evoke some of the giants of soul music. On “Lady Sunday,” Kelly writes a delicate love ballad that recalls the luxuriant textures of early-‘70s soul, and he even quotes the melody of The Spinners' “I’ll Be Around." Elsewhere, Kelly indulges in some impressive acts of vocal mimicry. His Smokey Robinson impression on the pained “Fool for You” is so dead-on that it'll have listeners wondering whether Robinson himself hasn’t dropped in for a cameo, while “All Rounds on Me” sees Kelly in full-on Ray Charles mode, attempting to resurrect the moment when R&B finally stormed the pop charts in the guise of early rock 'n' roll. Not all of Kelly’s musical tributes come off with the same grace, but for the most part Write Me Back is full of sensitively performed tributes to the golden age of soul and R&B.

Biography

Born: 08 January 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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