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Album Review

Given all the ground R. Kelly has covered, plus the self-proclaimed "infinite" amount of unreleased music he has recorded in a multitude of styles, it's surprising that it took the singer and songwriter roughly 25 years to get around to issuing a holiday album. Kelly evidently gave the concept more thought and effort than most other artists. He wrote 11 of its 12 songs alone and co-wrote one with established associate Dorrell Mays, and he covers a lot of ground, ranging from spiritual to romantic to cheerful, with a fair amount of emphasis on the latter. From the diligent arrangements, including some work from the great Larry Gold, to the use of that old droplet effect (mercifully heard only on "Letters"), it's evident that Kelly didn't knock it all out in a one-shot rush. Unsurprisingly, not all of this is wholesome family fun, given humorous lines like "Let me go first — I wanna unwrap you" and "Lay you down and fill your stockings up." While there are no covers or new spins on traditional songs, "Christmas Lovin'" verges on a Bill Withers impersonation, and Kelly makes like Smokey Robinson on the following "Flyin' on My Sleigh." This undoubtedly has his devout fans, more than anyone else, in mind.

Customer Reviews

Good Music

Very good Holiday Album. I've enjoyed it a lot. My only problem is, where's the Album Booklet with the credits. I still enjoy reading Album credits and enjoy looking at the Album Artwork.

R.kelly Is A Genius

This is album is going number 1 just like the Buffet Album.

R. Kelly 12 Nights of Christmas

R. Kelly is truly the King of R&B. Another incredible album from the KING!!

Biography

Born: January 8, 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 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 Callin',"...
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