R. Kelly Double Up
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- Released: May 29, 2007
- Label: Jive
Rolling Stone - p.1013 stars out of 5 -- "This album piles on the bump 'n' grind....The standout tracks are a dialogue in a prison visiting room...and the escalating rage of a breakup phone call."
Uncut - p.1013 stars out of 5 -- "Musically DOUBLE UP is often dazzling: Kelly produce plush, thuggish hip hop with the same intuitive ease that he tosses out breezy R&B delights..."
- 1.The Champ
- 2.Double Up
- 3.Tryin' to Get a Number
- 4.Get Dirty
- 5.Leave Your Name
- 6.Freaky in the Club
- 7.The Zoo
- 8.I'm a Flirt - (remix)
- 9.Same Girl
- 10.Real Talk
- 11.Hook It Up
- 12.Rock Star
- 13.Best Friend
- 15.Sweet Tooth
- 16.Havin' a Baby
- 17.Sex Planet
- 18.Rise Up
- 19.Bonus Track 1
- 20.Bonus Track 2
Personnel: Sheri Hauk (vocals); Donnie Lyle (guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, programming, drum programming); Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes (guitar); Bigg Makk (keyboards, bass guitar, programming, drum programming); Big Mac (keyboards, drum programming); Rodney East, Kendall D. Nesbitt (keyboards); Jeff Meeks, Dylan Ely, Abel Garibaldi, Ian Mereness, Nathan Wheeler (programming).
Audio Mixers: R. Kelly; Mike Guzauski; Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Allen Roadhouse, Clarkston, MI; Castle Acoustics, Knoxville, TN; Chevy Shack Studios, Atlanta, GA; Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL; Circle House Studios, Chicago, IL; Derrty Studios, St. Louis, MO; Echo Studios, Atlanta, GA; Stankonia Recording, Atlanta, GA; Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas, NV; The Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL; The Ludaplex, Atlanta, GA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Touchwood Studio, Regina, SK.
Editor: Keith Sengbusch.
Illustrator: Sean M. Kinney .
Photographer: Gary Land.
Arranger: R. Kelly.
R. Kelly's appealing, staggeringly successful take on hip-hop-infused contemporary R&B has been founded in no small part on his ability to make explicitly sexual subject matter sound as smooth and seductive as an old-school overture from Al Green. DOUBLE UP (2007), Kelly's eighth studio release, finds him taking ever more risque lyrical chances. While tunes like "Double Up" and "Get Dirty" find him in familiar lascivious territory, Kelly also turns to extended metaphors to detail his desire, invoking animals ("The Zoo"), electronic equipment ("Remote Control"), and cosmography ("Sex Planet").
Kelly's topics can seem absurd when examined objectively, but it's hard to argue when the tracks sound so good. The production glimmers with help from top industry wizards like Kanye West, Just Blaze, Swizz Beats, and the Runners. Guest appearances from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Ludacris, Kid Rock, and others keep things varied and entertaining. The album's lead-off single, the bright, bouncy "I'm a Flirt," featuring appearances by rappers T.I. and T-Pain, is a prime example of DOUBLE UP's collaborative magic, as is the duet with Usher on the slow-jam cautionary tale "Same Girl." His sometimes overwrought lyrics notwithstanding, Kels offers more superbly crafted urban contemporary fare on DOUBLE UP, which is reason enough for fans to pick it up.
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