Release Date: Aug 24, 2004
Record label: Jive
Genre(s): Pop, R&B
Since Happy People/U Saved Me delivers two distinct and cohesive albums, it could conceivably offer further ammunition for those defenders of Kelly who claim that he's made the best music of his career when under fire. There's some validity to that argument. Kelly has shrugged off the celeb cameos that littered his prescandal work (though, be honest, would Celine Dion guest on an R.
The child-abuse allegations hanging over him didn't stop R Kelly from making his best-ever single, Ignition Remix, last year. Nor have they induced him to slow down his frenetic work rate, as this very long double-album attests. Nearly two hours of music are split between a grinding Saturday-night side and its Sunday-morning "spiritual" counterpart.