Write Me Back [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

Write Me Back [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

by R. Kelly

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Write Me Back [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886919506822
catalogNumber: 195068

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   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
Dorrell Mays   Composer
Chiquita Oden   grooming
Mario Bakovic   Producer
Dennis-Manuel Peters   Producer
Daniel Coriglie   Producer

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