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Write Me Back [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Following the release of the retro-fitted Love Letter and evidently successful emergency throat surgery, R. Kelly was due for another abrupt turn with Black Panties, an album promised to continue in the vein of the classic 1993 album 12 Play. Instead, Kelly opted to prolong the nostalgia for older rhythm & blues. Write Me Back is a sequel to Love Letter, and while it does not beam as much excellence, it quickly deflects any preconceived idea that it might consist of scraps from the earlier album's sessions. Kelly's inspirations are occasionally obvious. "Love Is" and "Share My Love," the bookends of the album's standard edition, bleed the elegant, gentlemanly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Following the release of the retro-fitted Love Letter and evidently successful emergency throat surgery, R. Kelly was due for another abrupt turn with Black Panties, an album promised to continue in the vein of the classic 1993 album 12 Play. Instead, Kelly opted to prolong the nostalgia for older rhythm & blues. Write Me Back is a sequel to Love Letter, and while it does not beam as much excellence, it quickly deflects any preconceived idea that it might consist of scraps from the earlier album's sessions. Kelly's inspirations are occasionally obvious. "Love Is" and "Share My Love," the bookends of the album's standard edition, bleed the elegant, gentlemanly soul-disco of the Philadelphia International label -- Teddy Pendergrass' '70s work with and without Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in particular. "Green Light" recalls the sensual, feather-light touch of '70s Isley Brothers ballads like "Voyage to Atlantis." "Fool for You" is pure, sly Smokey Robinson. "You Are My World," originally written for Michael Jackson, turns out to be more of an overt MJ tribute -- from quotes to grunts -- than anything recorded by Ne-Yo. When Kelly takes it back to the early '60s, as he does on the feel-good "All Rounds on Me" and "Party Jumpin'," the results are less natural sounding. Other songs, such as the smooth gliding trio of "Feelin' Single," "Lady Sunday," and "Believe That It's So," are akin to Kelly circa 2003/2004. While he might be recycling himself on these and a couple other numbers, there's too much warmth and joy to be rejective. If anything, Write Me Back proves that Kelly's mode throughout Love Letter was no fluke. It's apparent that he can be retro and urbane as instinctively as he can be cutting edge and filthy. [A Deluxe Edition featured four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2012
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886919506822
  • Catalog Number: 195068
  • Sales rank: 58,863

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Is (3:29)
  2. 2 Feelin' Single (3:29)
  3. 3 Lady Sunday (3:37)
  4. 4 When a Man Lies (3:36)
  5. 5 Clipped Wings (3:17)
  6. 6 Believe That It's So (6:09)
  7. 7 Fool for You (3:37)
  8. 8 All Rounds On Me (4:13)
  9. 9 Believe in Me (3:55)
  10. 10 Green Light (3:52)
  11. 11 Party Jumpin' (3:17)
  12. 12 Share My Love (3:43)
  13. 13 Beautiful in This Mirror (3:29)
  14. 14 You Are My World (3:19)
  15. 15 Fallin' from the Sky (3:56)
  16. 16 One Step Closer (6:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
R. Kelly Primary Artist, Keyboards
Yvonne Gage Choir, Chorus
Jeff Chestek Horn Engineer
Larry Gold Conductor
Mike Harvey Choir, Chorus
Donnie Lyle Bass, Guitar
Jeffrey Morrow Choir, Chorus
Cheryl Wilson Choir, Chorus
Olga Konopelsky Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Paul Mabin Choir, Chorus
Rodney East Keyboards
Ghislaine Fleischmann Violin
Steve Tirpak Trombone
Carl Cox Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Robin Robinson Choir, Chorus
Bigg Makk Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Eliza Cho Violin
Jesús Morales Celli
Pastor Chris Harris Choir, Chorus
Carlos Rubio Violin
Davis Barnett Viola
James Cooper Celli
Jonathan Kim Viola
Luigi Mazzochi Violin
Lauren Pilot Morrow Choir, Chorus
Donna E. Gay Choir, Chorus
Daniel Wright Trumpet
Technical Credits
R. Kelly Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Larry Gold Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
John Haynes Pro-Tools
Donnie Lyle Musical Director
Abel Garibaldi Programming, Engineer
Warryn Campbell Composer
Andy Gallas Programming, Engineer
Ian Mereness Programming, Engineer
John Hanes Engineer
Jeff Meeks Programming, Engineer
Bigg Makk Programming, Producer
Meghan Foley Art Direction
Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell Producer
Herb Powers Jr. Mastering
Dorrell Mays Composer
Chiquita Oden grooming
Mario Bakovic Producer
Dennis-Manuel Peters Producer
Daniel Coriglie Producer
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