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R.Kelly - Happy People/U Saved Me (2004) Retail CD
Defenders of R. Kelly implore listeners to separate the music from the man, which is a good rule to follow in general, but the specifics of his case make it a little harder to do. If the child pornography allegations leveled against him weren't so heinous (not to mention detailed and allegedly supported by videotapes), and if he weren't so quick to paint himself as a martyr — highlighted by, but not limited to, him bizarrely empathizing with Osama Bin Laden in a 2003 interview with Blender Magazine — it might be easier to ignore his trials and tribulations and focus on the art. Ofmore… course, a whirlwind of similar charges, including an annulled marriage to the teenage Aaliyah, doesn't exactly help matters either, nor does his music. His catalog is soaked in sex and gleefully shallow, celebrating the pleasures of the moment, whether it's carnal ("Bump n' Grind") or corny ("I Believe I Can Fly"). The heightened graphic sexuality of his oeuvre feeds suspicions that the allegations, even if they can't be proved, have weight, which makes it very hard for some listeners to hear Kelly's music without thinking of the scandals.
And, when it comes down to it, Kelly doesn't really want you to forget those scandals either. Without them, he can't play the martyr, which he eagerly does, both directly and indirectly, on the music he's made since the scandal. Instead of getting defiant — as did Michael Jackson, when he attacked prosecutor Tom Sneddon in the embarrassing, barely veiled "D.S." — Kelly spins his notoriety for sympathy, acknowledging that he's a flawed man and a sinner, but he believes in God and he's just looking for love and peace. That, in a nutshell, are the themes of Happy People/U Saved Me, a double disc containing two distinct albums (just like OutKast's Speakerboxx/The Love Below). The first, Happy People, is a seductive, late-night album about positivity and love, the second all about salvation and God. This is no coincidence. Kelly is heading off any allegations that he's a criminal by painting himself as a saved sinner who still struggles with temptation, struggles that are chronicled joyfully on Happy People and with remorse on U Saved Me. It's hard not to believe this character redefinition is a calculated move — not in the least because it coincides with the lack of a Parental Warning label and a noticeable abandonment of his trademark explicitness — designed to strengthen the fans, lure the listeners who don't care, and win over, if not skeptics, at least potential jurors.... Read More...
|2||Red Carpet (Pause, Flash)|
|5||Ladies' Night (Treat Her Like Heaven)|
|7||Greatest Show on Earth|
|8||It's Your Birthday|
|9||Steppin' into Heaven|
|10||If I Could Make the World Dance|
|1||3-Way Phone Call - Kim Burrell, R. Kelly, Maurice Mahon, Kelly Price|
|2||U Saved Me|
|4||How Did You Manage|
|6||When I Think About You|
|7||Diary of Me|
|9||Leap of Faith|
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