Happy People / U Saved Me

  • Record Label: Jive
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2004
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Where Happy People only exercises Kelly's technique, U Saved Me adds some heart.
  2. 60
    These records are too dramatic, too personal and, well, too much. [Oct 2004, p.110]
  3. The first disc finds Kelly honing his already well developed skills at creating effortless dance hooks, but on the second disc Kelly seems to be trapped in staid evangelical idioms and drowning in itchy church choir robes.
  4. The Happy People side, inspired by the Chicago steppin' scene, shows why [Kelly] is still a contender.
  5. An album that makes Up With People sound like Joy Division, Happy People embraces an ecstatic brand of cheerfulness so far removed from the realities of everyday life that it creates a kind of altered state.
  6. Happy People [is] a featherweight collection of midtempo, Marvin Gaye-influenced tunes... The sacred material on U Saved Me, by contrast, is more exciting--and troubling.
  7. There's something rather unambitious about this set.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. AbelM
    Oct 11, 2004
    10
    R. Kelly is the Master. This is the best offering so far. As for Walker Texas Ranger, you who would not know it if music hit you in the R. Kelly is the Master. This is the best offering so far. As for Walker Texas Ranger, you who would not know it if music hit you in the face(even country music). Full Review »
  2. ss
    Sep 1, 2004
    10
    out of this world.its wrong 4 one man to have so much talent
  3. CrystalinG
    Aug 30, 2004
    10
    I love this Cd why Disc 1 is wonderdful and positive and Disc 2 has really has open my eyes cetains things he saids in his songs made me I love this Cd why Disc 1 is wonderdful and positive and Disc 2 has really has open my eyes cetains things he saids in his songs made me think about my own life what i have been through all my 25yrs of my life. Full Review »