‘Write Me Back’ R. Kelly
Dear R. Kelly: Youve gone and done it again. I dont know whats going on with two back-to-back, rather wholesome and anachronistic albums, but your eleventh, Write Me Back, feels like a breath of fresh air on the urban scene. You may be trying to subvert expectations of your chosen genre, you may be showing off your voice, maybe you are preaching a newfound understanding of relationships, but it doesnt matter. What matters is that youve single-handedly produced and written an album with a voice.
Mixing 1970s funk and soul, 50s beats, church organ sprinkles and 90s nostalgia R&B was an excellent idea. Those sounds, coupled with romantic lyrics, may sound like a cheesefest, but thats what makes the dish so delicious.