I'm an R. Kelly fan. I have been since the early 90's. I feel that up through TP-2.com, his albums were mostly flawless. He's been inconsistent ever since, but the majority of his work has still been good. While I would normally buy an R. Kelly album without hesitation, I'm happy I was able hear this album before hand. Because it's garbage.
Yes, he's a great vocalist, but he's using his voice to sing terrible music. "Genius" is great. I could listen to that song all day. That song represents his talent.
The remainder of the songs are terrible. R. Kelly's previous albums balanced love, life, and intimacy. This album sounds like it was written by a 14 year old who just lost his virginity. Love is lacking. Real life is lacking. All we have is over-sexed music that is lyrically distasteful and tired.
The production isn't all bad, but he has definitely compromised the majority of the songs for the sake of the crap storm that is Top 40 music. Genius, Physical, and Shut Up are the best songs lyrically and production-wise.
I don't know who R. Kelly made this album for. It's too filthy for young people, yet the sound is geared toward them. The subject matter is too common for anyone moderately intelligent to enjoy. This album doesn't do anything for music or the artist himself. I'm hoping he decides to make serious music again, because if this is the direction he takes, I know he's going to loose lots of the people who've supported him throughout his career.