Earlier this week Kelly Rowland confessed to us that her fourth solo album was meant to awaken the same late ’80s/early ’90s sound that made a generation fall so hard, two decades later we’re still asking who’s going to bring real R&B back. So we asked Kelly to pick four songs from significant ladies of that era to remake if given the chance.
As she proved with her sexy-time playlist, Kelly has amazing taste. From Janet to Sade, Jill Scott to Anita Baker, we broke down the reasons K-Row needs to remake these pronto and perform them on tour. Vote to tell us if you think it’d be a Rowland Remake do or don’t.
Sade – “Kiss Of Life”
Why It’s Great: This single off platinum certified Love Deluxe became Sade’s seventh Top 10 R&B-charting song. You haven’t heard sexy saxophone until you’ve heard the sax-piano duet during the breakdown. The arrangement is the perfect backdrop behind Sade’s soft ad-lib wails before the bridge.
Why It’s Rowland: Kelly also has a rich and ethereal sound similar to “Kiss Of Life” which she showcased beautifully in the chorus of “I Remember.” Though the latter has a driving dance beat underscoring Rowland’s soft moans of “love” over the hook, you can still imagine that same honey-like belt pouring over Sade’s 1992 hit.