“IF I COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME” R. KELLY
R. Kelly’s latest CD, Black Panties, is an explicitly sexual collection of bedroom anthems which stands in stark contrast to his inspirational 1998 jam, “If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time”. The sensitive and romantic ode to life’s choices and not realizing what you’ve got until it’s gone was a powerful R&B anthem by Robert a decade and a half ago. Asking “What would happen if?”, the tear-inducing video was equally as emotional and intense as the stirring audio track. During the video, 90% of the scenes were filmed in reverse. As the mini-movie shows, life is fleeting and quick decisions often leave scars that last forever. The scene where Robert is writing a note to his lover actually took 9 hours of filming to capture.
“COOKIE” R. KELLY (NSFW)
Fast forward fifteen years later, the same balladeer who created the beautiful and touching love song is now singing about licking Oreos and beating her body until it’s blue. The oral sex jam has a KILLER BEAT but the over-the -top lyrics approach the line of bad taste and jump way over the line! Why would a masterful singer as soulful and dynamic as R. Kelly crank up the Auto-Tune to maximum. Like many modern rap tracks, style over substance reigns supreme again. Any else wishing R. Kelly would “Turn Back The Hands Of Time” and record a modern day follow-up to 12 Play?