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NYMag: "DU Best Album of 15 yr Career" SexPlanet Praise

This is a discussion on NYMag: "DU Best Album of 15 yr Career" SexPlanet Praise within the R. Kelly News & Announcements forums, part of the R. Kelly Discussion category; http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment...ex_planet.html Year in Review: R. Kelly Takes Us to ‘Sex Planet’ and Back Photo illustration: Getty Images and NASA (space ...

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    Year in Review: R. Kelly Takes Us to ‘Sex Planet’ and Back

    Photo illustration: Getty Images and NASA (space shuttle)

    From now until the end of the year, Vulture will celebrate the people who made 2007 what it was: Pop Culture's Bravest.
    It had to happen someday — after ten albums packed with increasingly creative and ridiculous sexual metaphors, R. Kelly had finally run out of things on Earth to compare his penis to. But while a lesser artist might've repeated himself or stopped penning freaky sex jams altogether, Kelly evolved, boldly taking his shtick where no horny R&B singer had gone before: outer space. The result? "Sex Planet," 2007's finest ballad about zero-gravity intercourse and the indisputable centerpiece of Double Up, the best album of Kelly's fifteen-year career.

    When the track leaked in May, the blogosphere didn't know quite what to make of it; sure, the lyrics go to all the most obvious places (black holes, the Milky Way, and Uranus, most notably), but Kellz's unblinking conviction matches the song's absurdity making it hilarious, yes, but also catchy, and even kind of sexy (especially if you're drunk). "Come fly away with me, riding my ecstasy out in the galaxy," he croons over a mellow Fender Rhodes figure. (Side note: Double Up's sequencing makes the year's weirdest argument for the return of the album format, with "Sex Planet" inexplicably segueing directly into "Rise Up," Kelly's tribute to the victims of April's Virginia Tech shooting.)


    But though "Sex Planet" and Double Up were met with a tidal wave of breathless critical acclaim (in the New York Times, freak-folkie Devendra Banhart raved, "This album makes me feel like I'm driving a turquoise Hummer over a rainbow made of distilled euphoria," which is exactly how it makes you feel — listen to it, we're serious),

    Kelly was not yet done giving.

    In August, he released the much-anticipated chapters 13 to 21 of his Trapped in the Closet, in which he introduced a raft of colorful new characters (including flatulent neighbor Randolph and the irrepressible Pimp Luscious), gave most of them AIDS, and coined the year's most inescapable catchphrase (in our apartment, anyway): "Crazier than a fish with titties." Quite rightly, New York named Trapped 2007's No. 1 (Intentionally) Funniest Web Video, and we declared it "the cultural event of the year." To show his appreciation, Kelly granted us a rare e-mail interview, expressing an interest in taking on more acting roles ("Drama, action, comedy or suspense or whatever," he said) and vowed to keep right on entertaining us "till the aliens decide to leave." As far as Vulture's concerned, though, we're lucky just to have "Sex Planet."
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    Take the praise wherever you can get it, but DU isn't his best album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilmorsel View Post
    Take the praise wherever you can get it, but DU isn't his best album.
    Co-sign. I definitely agree. And why are they mentioning about people's private parts? That's disgusting!
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    to the untrained r.kelly ear....DU is a good album.

    to those of us here...he could have done better.

    but for the general population it does the job...and it does it well.
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    C'mon R. just offically release Sex Planet. Get a video out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R Dot View Post
    C'mon R. just offically release Sex Planet. Get a video out there.
    You know what? I doubt it if Kellz put a video out for "Sex Planet", but it WILL be nice for him to do it.
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    Double Up is a good album saying it's his best one is just a opinion. And yes "Sex Planet" is such a great track, the music makes you love it
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    (in the New York Times, freak-folkie Devendra Banhart raved, "This album makes me feel like I'm driving a turquoise Hummer over a rainbow made of distilled euphoria," which is exactly how it makes you feel — listen to it, we're serious)
    What the fuck?! I can see the Hummer, ok, but there ain't no rainbow, not to mention euphoria, not to mention "distilled" euphoria on this album. Please! Did anybody check if these guys are real journalists? Did they attend a college/university or somethin'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The R. View Post
    What the fuck?! I can see the Hummer, ok, but there ain't no rainbow, not to mention euphoria, not to mention "distilled" euphoria on this album. Please! Did anybody check if these guys are real journalists? Did they attend a college/university or somethin'?

    The New York Times journalist DEVENDRA BANHART is a frequest arts colomnist.

    The New York Magazine has an Entertainment section which frequently talks about Kellz. They had several stories on Double Up and Trapped in the Closet this year.

    The New York Times also had a good review of Double Up and it had a full page spread on Trapped in the Closet.
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    naw Double ^ aint the best..... not even close
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