Black Panties - R. Kelly
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  • Summary: The R&B singer's 12th full-length studio release features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, and Young Jezzy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 85
    Feathers excluded, art abstracted from the man, Black Panties is one of the finest albums of the year.
  2. 75
    His 12th album, a return to wafting sex jams after two soulful dance discs, also falls short of the Kelly we love.
  3. Dec 6, 2013
    What it lacks in lyrical depth it makes up for by being a catchy, entertaining and completely in the moment snapshot of the current turned up, hybrid of R&B and Rap for clubs and bedrooms.
  4. 60
    It’s the polarizing swing, though, between Kelly’s genius and his flagrant misogyny that makes an album like Black Panties enticing and frustrating in equal measure.
  5. 50
    Songs like "Cookie," "Crazy Sex" and "Legs Shakin'" start off as promises of highly skilled sexual attentions, but end up as to-do lists.
  6. Dec 9, 2013
    Occasional resemblances to Drake and the-Dream are as blatant as the Isley Brothers and Michael Jackson exercises of Write Me Back. The similarities are so obvious that it's tough to discern if Kelly is acknowledging his younger followers, aiming to beat them at their game, or both.
  7. Dec 9, 2013
    Ultimately, there isn't much to recommend with Black Panties.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Dec 10, 2013
    R Kelly does it once again. Dope beats, dope lyrics, and it makes you want to have lots of heterosexual sex. Couldn't ask for more. Except maybe videos of R. Kelly at a bachlorette party or something. Yeah that. Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2013
    As you can tell from my reviews, I only mostly feel inspired to review cd's I enjoy, rather than cd's I do not enjoy I am a gay man, but still, I can appreciate the blatant humor and sensuality in the lyrics and rhythms I mean "Marry the P***y" how fun is that! I think this is an overall sensual and fun cd and I like R Kelly in general, so I give this cd an 8. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    It's ok not very good not terrible. A few good songs, but doesn't live up to his previous records. I really loved his duet with Gaga on "Do What You Want" so this left me with full disappointment because none of these songs match that duet. Expand
  4. Dec 10, 2013
    I'm a huge fan of R. Kelly, but not a fan of this album. I felt that he has downgraded skills, and talent to follow what's going on the in the music industry. Black Panties is not an upgrade to 12play. 12 play is a classic. On the other hand, Black Panties is trashy and ratchet. R.Kelly is has a power voice, so I don't understand the purpose of him using auto-tune. The lyrics on this album sounds like a teenager wrote it. I would rather listen to the mature, and smooth R.Kelly. The R.Kelly that created a masterpiece albums like Love Letter and Write me Back. Hopefully on the next album, he'll stay true to himself by making real R&B songs. Expand
  5. Dec 10, 2013
    R Kelly has always sang about the same subject-sex. I get that. But this pile of steaming poop of a CD is lyrically worthless and does not say much about R Kelly's development-sort of speak. I couldn't even stomach to listen to the entirety of most songs. But, his voice is still very good and unwavering as any other time. Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2014
    Hard to believe this album was made by the same artist that made an album like Love Letter. It's just so lowest common denominator. R Kelly really lets himself down. I think he's one of the greatest R&B artists of all time so it's a shame to hear him just banging on about much he loves pus!y. Yeah we get it dude, you're horny. The whole album is just so demeaning to women. For someone who apparently loves them so much he really doesn't big them up in the way he should. Let's hope he does better next time. I gave it a 1 because his singing is still great. Expand
  7. Jan 21, 2014
    There's one or two ok tracks, but in general the content is pretty immature for a man of R Kelly's age. Come on R, I've always been a big fan, but unlike other albums, almost every song is OTT explicit. Please! This only inspires me to think 'grow up'! I'll definitely preview future albums for substance before buying. Expand

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