Sunday, December 13, 2015
USA Today: The Buffet Review
R. Kelly feasts on love, again, with 'The Buffet' "Good evening, ladies. Shall we start with hors d'oeuvres?" R. Kelly asks on The Poem, the spoken-word intro to his new album, The Buffet (three out of ****) out Dec. 11. A smorgasbord of screamingly obvious double entendres follows, interrupted at one point by sound effects that may make you giggle, or wince. And we haven't even gotten to the metaphorical binge that is the opening track, titled Poetic Sex. We should expect no less from this R&B veteran, who as a songwriter and performer has made sexual healing his stock in trade, even if Kelly's biggest successes include G-rated hits such as I Believe I Can Fly and the late Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone, and his personal history is marked with accusations of misdeeds. Happily, The Buffet functions as more than a showcase for his wordplay—or play of other kinds.