RCA Music Group
Kyle Anderson
June 27, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Write Me Back

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
R Kelly
music label
81112

We gave it an A-

When you’re the freakiest cat in R&B, sometimes the most shocking thing to do is play it straight: 2010’s Love Letter set aside Kelly’s fantasies about voyeur-istic midgets in favor of stately Sam Cooke-inspired jams. Write Me Back keeps the throwbacks coming, ensconcing his creamy croon in dramatic ’70s-nightclub strings and funky bedspread disco. His raison d’être is still Patrón-and-incense hedonism, but Kelly’s party-host earnestness is far more infectious than his three-way scenarios ever were. A-

Best Tracks:
When a Man Lies
All Rounds on Me

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