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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 012414162526
  • Catalog Number: 41625
  • Sales rank: 10,593

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Home Alone - Keith Murray (4:59)
  2. 2 Spendin' Money (4:54)
  3. 3 If I'm Wit You (4:31)
  4. 4 Half on a Baby (4:55)
  5. 5 When a Woman's Fed Up (4:38)
  6. 6 Get up on a Room (4:10)
  7. 7 One Man (4:57)
  8. 8 We Ride - Jay-Z (4:49)
  9. 9 The Opera (1:25)
  10. 10 The Interview (1:33)
  11. 11 Only the Loot Can Make Me Happy (4:56)
  12. 12 Don't Put Me Out (5:22)
  13. 13 Suicide (5:19)
  14. 14 Etcetera (4:13)
  15. 15 If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time (6:18)
  16. 16 What I Feel/Issues (4:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Chase (2:46)
  2. 2 V.I.P. (4:16)
  3. 3 Did You Ever Think (4:32)
  4. 4 Dollar Bill (4:23)
  5. 5 Reality (4:44)
  6. 6 2nd Kelly (5:02)
  7. 7 Ghetto Queen - Crucial Conflict (4:20)
  8. 8 Down Low Double Life (5:00)
  9. 9 Looking for Love (4:36)
  10. 10 Dancing with a Rich Man (3:28)
  11. 11 I'm Your Angel (5:20)
  12. 12 Money Makes the World Go Round (4:09)
  13. 13 I Believe I Can Fly (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
R. Kelly Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Rap
Celine 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
The 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
Brian Gardner Mastering
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
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    R.

    This CD is astonishing and a excellent record of urban soul of 1998!!!! I luv this CD and it is tight!!!!!1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Double CD Album by the R. Not the Greatest !!!

    R.Kelly is my favorite male artist of all time. In this Double Album he establises himself in 1998 as the R&B King Power Force of Soul. THE FIRST DISC IS BETTER THAN THE SECOND. THE SECOND HAS SOME 3 OR 4 FILLER TRACKS. BUT THE WHOLE REST ALBUM IS OFF THE HOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    R. Kelly, the real ''King of R & B''

    R. Kelly is a musical genius. He does not get all of the credit he deserves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tha Bomb

    I simply love the way R Kelly displays his vocals , he has his own style and l am certain he is one of the best singer's l know.. l also want to congradulate him on his track 'l am your angel' because to me it is very good and l just love the vocals and the way the singers mix or rather blend with the song ..... I would just say l Love the song he sang with Puffy ''satisfy you'' and that he truly out did himself on the video even as a background singer'''' thats all I have to say for him coz he is tha BOMB''''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ALL ABOUT R!!!!!

    I LIKE R. KELLY. TO ME HE REPRESENTS ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE. I MEAN THIS BECAUSE HE WRITES SONGS THAT RELATE TO US. I HAVE BEEN LOVING HIM FOR YEARS.

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