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R. KELLY
TP-3: RELOADED
JIVE

When the first chapter of "Trapped in the Closet" came out back in May, people called R. Kelly "ambitious." To judge by TP-3: Reloaded, that sent him running back to familiar contempo R&B territory. Kelly takes pride in keeping it simple here, writing most of his melodies around a single cadence and hitting the sex metaphors harder than 50 Centís "Candy Shop." Just the titles "Sex Weed" and "Remote Control" are what anyone familiar with him would expect. Nothing gleams quite as brightly as the mysteriously omitted "Closet" B-side "In the Kitchen (Remix)," and there are too many tiresome slow jams. The best tracks are the fast club bangers where Kelly can talk shit and get hyper with the Game, Snoop Dogg, and Baby. "Reggae Bump Bump," a chaotic dancehall stomp featuring Elephant Man, is the standout, twisting and turning around the beat in a way the rest of TP-3 seems unwilling to do.

BY LEON NEYFAKH


Issue Date: July 29 - August 4, 2005
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