STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 108959-17906 LABEL: HolyZone FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by James Howard-Smith
Kelly's recording career begins, interestingly, with a charity LP. 'Seasons Change' supports the Florida-based International Street Kids both financially and spiritually, the closing song being dedicated to them. "Please Help (I.S.K Song)" settles things down after one of the rougher tracks here - the intense mix of fast lyrics and busy backing on "Girl" - with a gentle guitar opening and more sensitive singing providing a suitable bedrock for Kelly's plea both of and for the abandoned children ISK seeks to help. The musical approach is rather different to relatively harder hip-hop sounds offered elsewhere on the album, such as the harsh clap and the unforgiving electronic melody of track four as Kelly, perhaps on the edge of transgression, reminds herself where her monstrous flesh will lead her - or the bass-led club groove of 'Fly'. Kelly empathises with a shoeless street kid, "Searching for anything to eat/Never had anything to call my own/O God, if you hear me, please help", and closing with the deliberate understatement that "Sometimes it feels a little unfair". Then, addressing the listener directly, Kelly asks that they might get involved.
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