July 25, 2005 12:00 PM

TP.3 Reloaded

On U Saved Me, the inspirational half of the 2004 double disc that also included Happy People, a repentant R. Kelly seemed to be seeking salvation from his player ways. This quick follow-up (the second sequel to his 1993 debut 12 Play, following 2000’s TP-2.Com) finds the notoriously naughty R&B star unabashedly embracing the mack daddy within, and from the club to the bedroom, he scores more often than not. Song after song on this CD—which balances its many ballads with hip-hop-pish and reggae-flavored jams—is about lust. On the trademark bump-and-grinder “In the Kitchen,” he longs to fulfill his passion “on the counter, by the buttered rolls.” On the Prince-like “Remote Control,” he tells a particularly exciting lover that “girl, you got me programmed, under your control.” Using yet another racy metaphor on the cheeky “Sex Weed,” he confesses, “I’m a bud head when it comes to you.” But on the dramatic five-parter “Trapped in the Closet,” which unfolds like something out of the Jerry Springer Show, Kelly pays a price for his overactive libido, when the player gets played.

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