The first disc, Happy People, transforms Kelly from sexual obsessive to classic loverman with impressive deftness. The changes in attitude are noticeable, but his soulful vocals and the hookariffic melodies of songs such as "Weatherman" make the shifts seem beside the point. As for U Saved Me, it plays the Christianity card à la Slick Willie, who huddled with ministers right after Monicagate broke. On the astonishingly grandiose "3-Way Phone Call," about a different sort of three-way than Kelly usually salutes, guest vocalist Kelly Price assures him that "God will forgive you for your sins."
Of course, hearing R. croon, "I want you so bad, my pretty baby" on "The Greatest Show on Earth" is still kinda creepy -- but you'd better get used to it. Even if he's sent to prison, Kelly isn't going anywhere.