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R. Kelly 12/14/2010

Review

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. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Love Letter Prelude R. Kelly 0:49
  3. 2 Love Letter R. Kelly 4:49
  4. 3 Number One Hit R. Kelly 4:23
  5. 4 Not Feelin' the Love R. Kelly 3:33
  6. 5 Lost in Your Love R. Kelly 4:34
  7. 6 Just Can't Get Enough R. Kelly 3:9
  8. 7 Taxi Cab R. Kelly 3:59
  9. 8 Radio Message R. Kelly 3:49
  10. 9 When a Woman Loves R. Kelly 5:10
  11. 10 Love Is R. Kelly 3:24
  12. 11 Just Like That R. Kelly 3:17
  13. 12 Music Must Be a Lady R. Kelly 4:33
  14. 13 A Love Letter Christmas R. Kelly 5:43
  15. 14 How Do I Tell Her? R. Kelly 4:17
  16. 15 [Untitled Hidden Track] R. Kelly 4:23

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