We’re not sure if it’s less advisable to release a song called “Fireworks” when the summer is deemed pretty much “over” post-Labor Day… or to release it when no less than three other Top 40 artists have already dropped songs with “Firework” in the name this year alone. But who’s R. Kelly to follow conventions? Check out the Polow Da Don-produced track “Fireworks”, off Kells’ upcoming Epic (out September 21), after the jump.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/R_Kelly-Fireworks.mp3" text="R. Kelly - Fireworks" dl="0"]
“It’s a new day and I feel good / If I want to spread my wings, I know that I could,” sings Kells.
Between this track, Drake’s “Fireworks”, Kelis’ “4th Of July (Fireworks)”, and Katy Perry’s singular “Firework”, R. Kelly’s tune is the least bright and the most sizzling. Whereas his Motown-inspired song, “When A Woman Loves” was able to showcase a softer side of the oft-sexual (or just plain bizarre) R&B singer, this corny track sounds like it should be coming from the likes of Jason Derulo or Trey Songz—not somebody already so established in their career and who can clearly be more creative than this.
What do you think, folks? Is this just as inspirational, and worthy of Hot 100 success, like Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”? Or is this tune way too melodramatic for you?