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I agree with Alyssa Rosenberg that the new R. Kelly song is pretty great, and that the video is sharp. But does it look to anyone else like Kelly's jacket is covered in dandruff?

By Ezra Klein  |  September 17, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
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like the song, the video not so much. Looked like sparkles to me (like the sparkles on Katy Perry's cheeks in that Hackensack video).

Mavis Staples' new CD is out, produced by Jeff Tweedy, very nice -- here they are talking about it (and doing bits of a great John Fogerty song)

Posted by: bdballard | September 17, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the 14-year-old girl that R. Kelly allegedly urinated on and had an inappropriate relationship with named "Sparkles"? Maybe he is sending her a message with this song, thanking her for keeping her silence during his trial.

Posted by: cummije5 | September 17, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Another good reason for preferring Mavis Staples (I suppose I could send her a message by putting staples in my jacket)

Posted by: bdballard | September 17, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

that's blow you idiot

Posted by: cdosquared5 | September 17, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

haha. Maybe they can use a clip of this video for a head and shoulders commercial.

Posted by: ania8 | September 17, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

cdosquared5 says "that's blow you idiot", but I'm not quite sure what he means.

Posted by: rmgregory | September 17, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

sounds like he's trying to channel the mojo of the classic, 'When A Man Love's A Woman'....there's a resurgence of that 'James Brown' soul music sound, with horn sections etc...
and, yes, like all music appreciation, it's subjective...some will like it and some won't..

Posted by: musicman6 | September 18, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I hate it when the musical instruments/microphones in music videos aren't plugged in! Why is R. Kelly singing into a huge room full of not-plugged-in microphones?!?!

The song is pretty good, but I liked R. Kelly when he was being himself, a man of the '90s and '00s, and not trying to sound like a man of '60s or '70s.

Posted by: BryanMatthewCox | September 19, 2010 5:18 AM | Report abuse

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