September 21st, 2013
For R. Kelly’s sixth album, he couldn’t decide if he wanted to make a soulful throwback album or a spiritual record. His solution? He released a double CD with each of these themes. Disc 2 was entitled, “U Saved Me” and featured ten uplifting songs of faith, hope, and the power of prayer. Like Prince, R. Kelly has been a dichotomous artist who sing some of most sexually suggestive lyrics around and will turn around and record inspiring spiritual anthems that confess their faith and love of God.
The album was recorded at the Chocolate Factory in Chicago and released in 2004. There were no singles released from Disc 2 but the R&B flavored Disc 1, Happy People generated some radio airplay. Many listeners and critics didn’t take Robert’s gospel recording serious as he was involved in a heated legal battle over his sexual exploits. But a sincere listen to the CD showcases his earnest search for answers from a higher power. It’s a powerful, emotional CD that makes you think about your life and the choices you’ve made. Vital tracks include: Prayer Changes, When I Think About You, Leap Of Faith, and the African tinged-“Peace”.