- Released: December 14, 2010
- Label: Jive
Rolling Stone3.5 stars out of 5
-- "[O]n 'When a Woman Loves,' a retro-soul ode to fidelity, Kelly's gritty intensity evokes Wilson Pickett."
Entertainment Weekly - p.80
"LETTER is a refreshingly tasteful foray into classic soul..." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.72) - "LOVE LETTER is a relatively chaste retro-soul set....Given Kelly's absurdly effortless melodic flair, the result certainly satisfies."
Pitchfork (Website) - "The music itself, a gorgeously rendered tribute to a certain swathe of R&B history, is praiseworthy enough, as is Kelly's frequently ignored voice."
Uncut (magazine) - p.843 stars out of 5
-- "[W]ell-written R&B ballads which pay tribute to his soul heroes, best of all being the Stevie Wonder-ish 'Just Can't Get Enough'."
- 1.Love Letter Prelude
- 2.Love Letter
- 3.Number One Hit
- 4.Not Feelin' the Love
- 5.Lost in Your Love
- 6.Just Can't Get Enough
- 7.Taxi Cab
- 8.Radio Message
- 9.When a Woman Loves
- 10.Love Is
- 11.Just Like That
- 12.Music Must Be a Lady
- 13.A Love Letter Christmas
- 14.How Do I Tell Her?
- 15.[Untitled Hidden Track]
Recording information: The Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL.
Photographer: Randee St. Nicholas.
Arranger: R. Kelly.
Previewed via the classy throwback ballad "When a Woman Loves," an instant R&B chart hit, Love Letter follows R. Kelly's Epic compilation by only a couple months. Like "Loves," much of Love Letter -- technically Kelly's 11th studio album -- is inspired by R&B of the '50s and '60s.