Golden Tickets to R Kelly’s Factory


By Zintle Ngubeni

R Kelly – Step In The Name Of Love [Remix]

Chocolate Factory is vintage R. Kelly, weaving from his smooth serenading to sounds with a brazen bounce.
Kelly begins this offering with the title track, which is not modest on the kick of the drum. The recurring melody is loudly imposed by a piano which sets it off on an energetic note.

 He takes a much more silky approach with the next few tracks, with Step In The Name Of Love coming in much lighter on the baseline.

The album contains a cocktail of styles for which The Pied Piper of R&B has become so renowned. There are songs with a slow touch as Kelly displays in Heart Of A Woman -an ode to the feminine plight.
He again delivers on his trademark raunchy lyricism in the supercharged Imagine That and the innuendo-laden Ignition. The remix to the latter is one of the albums lead singles, with its captivating tune and distinct bounce. Girl Im feeling what you??????re feeling, no more hoping and wishing, I??????m about to take my key and stick it in the ignition?????????????????? ?????????– that is just a taste of the angle taken in that particular track . He cleverly fluctuates his voice repetitively, which adds to the song???’???s appeal and makes sure it resonates for extended periods.
Traces of Kelly??????s earlier works can be detected in the styles of many of the songs. Heart Of A Woman is reminiscent of the style adopted in Looking For Fove, from his multi-platinum selling ???R.??? album. Both songs rely heavily on the prominence of slow chords which bring out the best in his vocal range.
Chocolate Factory is surprisingly sonically versatile, considering the entire album is arranged, produced and written by Kelly himself.
One of the more outstanding tracks from a production point of view is You Knock Me Out, which is evocative of an eighties feel and is a diverse leap from your conventional R&B song.
Kelly reunites with his successful collaborator in the form of Ronald Isley for another musical joust in Showdown, which is regularly interrupted by skits to give it a more theatrical feel.
The two have collaborated before in Isley??????s popular Contagious and Kelly??????s Down Low, from his eponymous album.
Ja Rule also proves a great choice for the self-reflective Been Around The World, which finds itself among the early, slower songs in Chocolate Factory.
Overall, the album proves to be a masterstroke from R Kelly in its sonic versatility and evident themes of love, joy and conflict.

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