Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Trouble [Universal, 2005] ***
  • Konvicted [Universal, 2006] ***
  • Freedom [Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal, 2008] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Trouble [Universal, 2005]
Ex-con, not gangsta ("Trouble Nobody," "Locked Up"). ***

Konvicted [Universal, 2006]
Answers the burning question of whether R. Kelly's priorities would be improved by hard time more ambiguously than one would hope ("Smack That," "Don't Matter," "Tired of Runnin'"). ***

Freedom [Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal, 2008]
Loads of hits on his love album, but they're so similar in sound and structure they don't add up to anything bigger ("Right Now [Na Na Na]," "Keep You Much Longer"). ***