Double Up - R. Kelly
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  • Summary: Apparently no longer trapped in the closet, the crooner enlists Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and T.I. to help enliven this upbeat successor to 2005's 'TP.3 Reloaded.'
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  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 maddeningly inconsistent collection, with more misses than hits – though Kelly’s best moments do go some way towards atoning for his flaws.
  5. This album piles on the bump 'n' grind.
  6. It's a very sexually explicit R. Kelly who greets fans on this outing. [2 Jun 2007]
  7. Unsaved by anything resembling an acceptable musical hook, Kelly's lyrics are uniformly dumb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. 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 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. Expand
  2. TosinO
    Jun 9, 2007
    10
    Double up!!! isnt that exactly what he has done with this album....he had giving a new life and meaning to what a real artist should be...he is the greatest ever in the line of R&B, versatile and prolific in lyrics...To be in music business for 16 yrs is not a joke!!!!!. He has given and delivered exactly what he titled the album... DOUBLE UP.... the ROCKSTAR track shows that Kells can be whatever he chooses to be, thats Talent ....you all haters cant help but feel him....HE IS THE KING OF R&B...y'all tell me what is R&B without the "R" He sings, flows, raps and rocker.... 7 stars Bro!!!! Expand
  3. vinny
    Jun 11, 2007
    10
    it was boss some of the songs are a beast n boss
  4. SheldonT
    Jun 2, 2007
    8
    Everyone can say whatever they want, just as long as you know at the end of the day..R.Kelly is STILL the KING of R&B hands down!
  5. AdenikeO
    Jun 2, 2007
    8
    i give this album an 8 some songs are good like the duet with usher and of course the hit im a flirt.I think his lyrics are explicit though.He is still most talented male singer in the world.He has been around for years and he still fits well into the music industry of today.I will say his best to date is still 12 play.The album double up i s not that bad .There are some good songs on the album even apart from his duet with usher.the ludacris duet is very good.we all need to agree that R-kelly is very versatile and talented.That is why everyone wants to work with him. Expand
  6. JosephA
    Jun 2, 2007
    7
    Nothing mind blowing, some tracks better than others, but overall I dig it. It's a much different flavor than previous albums and Kellz pulls it off. This guy could sing about takin a shit and it would sound good. R. Kelly is awesome. Expand
  7. ChrisW
    Jun 3, 2007
    0
    Double Up? Double bag it, double dip it, double dump it! Another R&B Cd that sounds the same as every other one in the last 15 years. Can you really tell the difference between an R. Kelly song or Chris Brown? I didn't think so. They are just packaging these artists like Pancake Mix. There's no difference in any of the styles or originality. Expand

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