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Happy People/U Saved Me [828766035629]

    1. Weatherman
    2. Red Carpet (Pause, Flash)
    3. Love Signals
    4. Love Street
    5. Ladies Night (Treat Her Like Heaven)
    6. If
    7. Greatest Show on Earth, The
    8. It's Your Birthday
    9. Steppin' Into Heaven
    10. If I Could Make the World Dance
    11. Happy People
    0. DISC 2: U SAVED ME:
    1. 3 Way Phone Call - (featuring Kelly Price/Kim Burrell/Maurice Mahon)
    2. U Saved Me
    3. Prayer Changes
    4. How Did You Manage
    5. I Surrender
    6. When I Think About You
    7. Diary of Me
    8. Spirit
    9. Leap of Faith
    10. Peace
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60356

  • Credits
    ProducerR. Kelly
    EngineerPeter Mokran; Abel Garibaldi; Andy Gallas

    Personnel: R. Kelly (vocals); Kelly Price (vocals); Donnie Lyle (guitar, bass instrument, background vocals); Rodney East, Kendall D. Nesbitt (keyboards); Abel Garibaldi, Nathan Wheeler (programming, background vocals); Steve Bearsley, Andy Gallas, Ian Mereness, Jason Mlodzinski (programming); Uncle Life (background vocals).
    R. Kelly's music is sometimes hard to separate from his borderline-absurd real-life misadventures, since his alleged misdeeds inevitably inform his recordings. While most artists are influenced by life unfolding around them, few people's private worlds bleed into their creative work in such a public and chaotic way. Heart-on-sleeve emotion has been a hallmark of Kelly's music, and as scandal has surrounded him, so have heartfelt pleas of forgiveness and repentance.
    His ambitious 2004 double record, HAPPY PEOPLE/U SAVED ME, can be seen as a reaction to/against all this drama. The titles reflect the music within to perfection, the former containing infectious celebrations of life and love, the latter every inch a traditional gospel/soul record. When freeing himself to party on HAPPY PEOPLE, Kelly lets loose a torrent of catchy, groove-laden love songs, most notably the clever "Love Signals." On U SAVED ME, he gains gravity with a solemn grace that transcends his troubles, making a credible artistic conversion.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.140) - 3 stars out of 5 - "HAPPY PEOPLE aims for dancing and romancing, while U SAVED ME calls for fervent prayer....Kelly is the master of the ultra-slow groove, and the songs on U SAVED ME take their time, then use gospel's strategic buildups to sweep Kelly towards faith."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.122) - "Kelly knows record making. The songs, all of which he wrote and produced, have a clean and fluid directness." - Grade: B+
    Uncut (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "HAPPY PEOPLE is an extraordinarily buoyant record giving off irresistible party vibes..."
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