• Record Label: Jive
  • Release Date: May 29, 2007
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. It’s the most consistently entertaining and lasting of R. Kelly’s albums yet.
  2. Those lyrics may seem slightly ridiculous, but between them and his thinly veiled metaphors for his need to perform cunnilingus (Sweet Tooth), Kelly's originality and talent for making instant club hits is un-fucking-deniable.
  3. Kelly routinely cooks up killer grooves that make his exuberantly stupid lyrics and hackneyed song concepts seem strangely charming.
  4. This is a nutty album, but a pretty single-minded one.
  5. One of Kelly’s funniest and funnest records to date.
  6. 70
    Kelly's true genius is the metaphor-laden sex jam, and Double Up has some great ones. [Jul 2007, p.115]
  7. In a sense, it seems more apropos to judge Double Up as a comedy record than as a pop record.
  8. It's a very sexually explicit R. Kelly who greets fans on this outing. [2 Jun 2007]
  9. This album piles on the bump 'n' grind.
  10. This is a maddeningly inconsistent collection, with more misses than hits – though Kelly’s best moments do go some way towards atoning for his flaws.
  11. Just as surely as Justin brought sexy back, Kelly is bringing slightly creepy back.
  12. The reaction Double Up provokes makes you think of the scene from The Producers when the opening night performance of Springtime For Hitler ends and the camera pans on to the audience: open-mouthed, frozen, aghast.
  13. His tenuous grasp on reality and good taste slips and he plummets into a tawdry, gratuitous and self-congratulatory flurry of misogyny, expletives and reggae.
  14. Unsaved by anything resembling an acceptable musical hook, Kelly's lyrics are uniformly dumb.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. ToddW.
    Aug 1, 2007
    0
    Anyone who listens to and admires this criminal should double up in the same jail cell in which this guy belongs, if not for his money and Anyone who listens to and admires this criminal should double up in the same jail cell in which this guy belongs, if not for his money and station in life. A true example of the idiom, "Life just isn't fair," this guy should make fans with female children truly lock up their daughters. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 15, 2007
    0
    This is plain horrible. who wants to know if he's a flirt? who cares that he's looking for good sex? could someone please chop him This is plain horrible. who wants to know if he's a flirt? who cares that he's looking for good sex? could someone please chop him from their recording label, so that it would be one less untalented artist for radio stations and music channels to play. Full Review »
  3. dezmondrat
    Jul 7, 2007
    10
    R.Kelly is undeniably the king of R&B. Every album he releases changes the genre and moves it up a notch to amazing levels!! A genius is R.Kelly is undeniably the king of R&B. Every album he releases changes the genre and moves it up a notch to amazing levels!! A genius is defined by making his own styles, for example, songs like "real talk", "best friend" and "same girl" are just classical. These songs makes you feel like you're watching a highly addictive drama. In one track his breaking up with his 'naive' girlfriend, the next (with Usher) he finds out they've been seeing the same girl. The "best friend" cut (featuring Keyshia Cole & Polow da don) he is in prison and his wife and friend come to visit, where he realizes his friend is wearing the shirt his wife had bought him. The way it's sung is just amazing, makes you actually see the situation. Kellz is absolutely the king of R&B without a doubt. Stand out tracks (with those 3); Leave your name, Sweet Tooth, The Zoo and Sex Planet. Full Review »