Magazine article Newsweek

R.(Review)

Magazine article Newsweek

R.(Review)

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Singer R. Kelly is trying to make a change. Once known almost exclusively for the sexually explicit songs that sent him blazing up the R&B charts in the early '90s, the king of the "bump and grind" went through a transformation last year. He says that it brought him not only closer to God but also closer to more meaningful music.

For the last four years Kelly, 30, has basked in the steady glow of success: with three multiplatinum albums and a Grammy for his international hit "I Believe I Can Fly," Kelly could do no wrong. But somewhere along the line, fame (not to mention wild parties and nightclub scuffles) became too much. The singer proclaimed himself saved at a Kirk Franklin hip-hop/gospel concert last year. The change gave Kelly a renewed spirit that's lyrically apparent in his new double CD, simply titled R.

On "R," blatant calls for body bumping are replaced with romantic tales of boy meets girl, boy mistreats girl, boy loses girl. …

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