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  • Summary: The 13th full-length studio release for the R&B artist features guest appearances from his 17-year-old daughter Ariirayé, Jhené Aiko, Jeremih, Juicy J, Lil Wayne, Tinashe, and Ty Dolla $ign.
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Poetic Sex
My sex is poetic I'm about to get you mad pregnant Yeah First RnB [?] My mic be the knife Imma take a stab at it ok Allow me to paint the picture... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 4, 2016
    70
    Overall, The Buffet is a satisfying dish.
  2. Dec 10, 2015
    70
    The Buffet is better than just another R. Kelly album, but not enough to be worth saying so outside of a review, much less on a year-end list; call it a good one-night stand.
  3. Dec 23, 2015
    70
    Kelly earns his title in the second half, which is where he stretches out stylistically.
  4. 60
    Maybe it’s because the whole sex-food thing is so overdone that the 18 tracks never drag, and it’s not often you can say that about a hip hop or R’n’B album.
  5. Dec 11, 2015
    60
    The Buffet does have more dimensions than Black Panties, including the enjoyable "Step in the Name of Love" rewrite "Backyard Party" and the throwback, Love Letter-styled "All My Fault."
  6. Dec 10, 2015
    50
    The point is that all of these songs are capable, and one is not much better than another.
  7. Dec 10, 2015
    30
    It's a real shame that out of 18 songs whittled down from a reported 462, the album has just three consistently good songs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Dec 13, 2015
    5
    No question Kelly's voice is still very good and with age very little of it's quality has failed him. The guy could literally sing aboutNo question Kelly's voice is still very good and with age very little of it's quality has failed him. The guy could literally sing about anything and it sound good. But, this is the same sh*t he has put out for countless albums, and I am sure people will buy it (as they bought his past albums). There are some quality tracks, but enlisting the likes of Lil Wayne, etc might make the album LOOK stronger but does not make the songs stronger. Countless sexual induendo, and flat out sex singing/boasting is tiring. Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2015
    1
    Completely laughable. Cringey cliched track after cringey cliched track. Obviously its R kelly and its not meant to be taken seriously butCompletely laughable. Cringey cliched track after cringey cliched track. Obviously its R kelly and its not meant to be taken seriously but come on at least make some decent songs. Expand