It was a love letter to his fans who stood by him come hell or high water. Remember that sex with a minor scandal and his much-publicized falling out with Jay-Z. It was also a tribute to the soul legends of old who first inspired him. Danny Hathaway, Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and others. Or it was a love letter to a special girl or to all those females, young or old, that he loved before. R. Kelly was in great voice throughout and his version of You Are Not Alone, presented as a secret cut, which he first wrote and produced for Jackson was truly beautiful.
Two years later, R. Kelly is back. He comes armed with the Billboard Music Award for being the No. 1 Most Successful R&B Artist of the Past 25 Years and he really lives up to the honor with his new album. Write Me Back is another Love Letter. It is also an extraordinary piece of work with exactly the same concept. Love songs that are sexy, fun and compelling R&B. R. Kelly is again in top form as a singer, songwriter and producer. I will not be surprised if this will be another big seller steeped in critical acclaim.
Believe in Me, Feeling Single, Share My Love and When A Man Lies are the best of the batch. I am sure though that many will also enjoy Love Is, Lady Sunday, Clipped Wings, Believe That It’s So, Fool For You, All Rounds On Me, Green Light, Party Jumpin’, Beautiful In This Mirror, You Are My World, Fallin’ From The Sky and One Step Closer.
This is for everyone who loves R&B, who liked R. Kelly’s Love Letter or who simply appreciates great music.