Talk A Good Game
Label: Universal Records
OK, we were worried when the none-too-subtle "Kisses Down Low" was released as the first single off K-Row's fourth solo outing. But Talk shows off a range we didn't know Kelly had in her: thick-with-drama dance-pop "Freak," excruciating confessional "Dirty Laundry," bombastic hip-pop "Street Life" and, especially, "Stand in Front of Me," a sexy-sweet candy shop waltz about her man's ass-miration (it's a thing). The only track that doesn't work is "Gone" (girl, don't encroach on Janet's territory). And you know what? In this context, you can even hear nuanced new layers in "Kisses."