by R. KellyR. Kelly


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At the beginning of the '90s, R. Kelly was seen as a lewd, lascivious soulman. By the end of the decade, he had stripped those adjectives away and was seen as a contemporary equivalent of Marvin Gaye, thanks to the enormous success of "I Believe I Can Fly." Appropriately, R., the double-disc album that followed "I Believe I Can Fly"'s parent album, finds Kelly trying to live up to that legacy. He may be talented, but he has neither the vision nor the depth to match such classic soulmen as Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Prince, or Michael Jackson, all artists he emulates on R. Kelly's main strength is fusing contemporary material together into a slick, palatable, radio-ready record. Nobody else could have Jay-Z and Celine Dion on his album, and he's about the only one who could make it work, since he can work sensuous grooves as well as he can deliver a soaring ballad. To some, this may sound like nothing more than calculation -- a big part of the reason why he doesn't instantly enter the hall of greats -- because it's easy to see how he pieces it all together. When he's on, however, such calculation doesn't really matter, since it all flows, but such incidents only occur through about 40 percent of R. That's a major problem, considering the sheer length of the album. Clocking in at 29 long tracks, it takes real effort to sit through the record from beginning to end, especially since Kelly begins to repeat himself. If it was pruned a bit, the album would arguably be his best. As it stands, R. is an admirable effort, one that is among his better records even with all of its faults.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/1998
Label: Jive
UPC: 0012414162526
catalogNumber: 41625

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. Kelly   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Rap
Céline Dion   Track Performer
Yvonne Gage   Background Vocals
Nas   Track Performer
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Robert Bacon   Guitar
Jeff Bova   Keyboards
Lafayette Carthon   Keyboards
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Keith Henderson   Guitar
Loris Holland   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Hart Hollman   Conductor
Luv Club   Choir, Chorus
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Anthony Ransom   Background Vocals
Paul Riser   Conductor
Johnny Rutledge   Background Vocals
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Rob Trow   Background Vocals
Joan Walton   Background Vocals
Spencer Washington   Background Vocals
Cheryl Wilson   Background Vocals
Elisabeth Withers   Background Vocals
Keith Murray   Track Performer
Robert Moe   Background Vocals
Jeff Morrow   Background Vocals
Lisa Lougheed   Background Vocals
Cynthia Jernigan   Background Vocals
Crucial Conflict   Track Performer
Jay-Z   Track Performer
Kelly Price   Background Vocals
Stevie Robinson   Background Vocals
Nancey Jackson   Background Vocals
Ed Tucker   Background Vocals
Sparkle   Background Vocals
Ayuana George   Background Vocals
Kendall D. Nesbitt   Keyboards
Antonio L. Daniels   Keyboards
Marjette Alston   Background Vocals
Blackie   Background Vocals
Robert Bowker   Background Vocals
Troy Bright   Background Vocals
Cathy Richardson   Background Vocals
Opal Staples   Background Vocals
Tone   Background Vocals
Russell Hinton   Background Vocals
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton   Vocoder
Latasha Jordon   Background Vocals
Robin Robinson   Background Vocals
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tony Black   Programming,Engineer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Bob Cadway   Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Hart Hollman   Orchestration
Rob Mathes   Arranger
Michael Patterson   Engineer
Steve Skinner   drum programming
Gerard Smerek   Engineer
Larry Sturm   Engineer
Richard Travali   Engineer
Chris Puram   Engineer
West   Producer
Stephen George   Programming,Engineer
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Stevie J.   Producer
Mikael Ifversen   Engineer
Charles McCrorey   Engineer
Poke   Producer
Corey Rooney   Producer
Barry Hankerson   Executive Producer
Chris Brickley   Engineer
Paul J. Falcone   Programming,Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Blake Chaffin   Programming
Jason Groucott   Engineer
Carl Robinson   Engineer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence   Producer
Aliesh Pierce   grooming
Anthony Kilhoffer   Programming,Engineer
Bryon Rickerson   Producer
Robin Hannibal   Groomer
Tone   Producer
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton   drum programming

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