Untitled

Album Review of Untitled by R. Kelly.

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Untitled

R. Kelly

Untitled by R. Kelly

Release Date: Dec 1, 2009
Record label: Jive
Genre(s): R&B

55 Music Critic Score
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Untitled - Average, Based on 6 Critics

Prefix Magazine - 65
Based on rating 6.5/10
65

One of the tracks that R. Kelly graces with his presence on The Demo Tape, R. Kelly's first mixtape, is T-Pain's "Chopped and Screwed," a song about having your day ruined by the failure to pick up a girl. When it comes time for Kelly's drop on the track, his first verse is about the hazards of having your girl stolen away from you -- by him.

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NOW Magazine - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Untitled is R. Kelly's newest fucking-inspired R&B album. Unfortunately, it's not very fucking inspired. [rssbreak] Kelly's spent 18 of his 42 years recording nine albums' worth of sex jams, and over that time he's used every euphemism in the book to describe intercourse: keys in ignitions, bunny rabbits, snakes, confectionery.

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Entertainment Weekly - 58
Based on rating C+
58

Over the course of 10 supremely libidinous albums, R&B’s self-?proclaimed sexasaurus has endlessly explored the hows, whens, and whoas of his bedroom theater, leaving no satin pillow unturned. (In real life, he was acquitted of child-pornography charges last year after a lengthy court case. ) That singular focus has yielded a string of undeniable jams, from 1995’s ”Bump ‘n Grind” to 2003’s ”Ignition.

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Pitchfork - 48
Based on rating 4.8/10
48

Of all the things that could undermine-- and perhaps torpedo-- R. Kelly's career, laziness has rarely been considered. What a decade it's been for Kelly-- he's thrived in a curious way, morphing from true blue 1990s R&B icon into an increasingly strange and beguiling pop culture oddball. He is known by more people now than ever, though not always for the best reasons.

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The Guardian - 40
Based on rating 2/5
40

R Kelly isn't one for beating around the bush. On his 10th album – the first since being acquitted on child pornography charges – his voice is heavenly and the production cool and slinky, but all that really registers is the explicitness of the lyrics. Labouring under the delusion that graphic depictions of sex equal "sexy", on Pregnant he tells some lucky female, "You make me wanna get you pregnant", while Bangin' the Headboard promises her that she "won't regret what we did in this bed, we'll be ­ba-bangin' the headboard".

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The New York Times
Their review was generally favourable

R. KELLY“Untitled”(Jive) Call it focus, call it obsession, call it tunnel vision, call it formula: R. Kelly is consistent. Album after album he provides single-minded, slow-grinding songs about sex. After singing about pickups, hookups, bedroom marathons, kinks, ménages, even a stray midget ….

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