Happy People / U Saved Me Reviews

Happy People / U Saved Me

Happy People / U Saved Me

  • KELLY R. HAPPY PEOPLE

Tune in to the next musical chapter of one of the most creative, productive, & successful artists in music for well over a decade. There is no stopping the genuine jukebox of R. Kelly. This spring, his multitudes of fans become Happy People, when he releases a special 2CD set entitled Happy People/U Saved Me, featuring all new studio recordings. This extraordinary release from R. Kelly is thematically divided into two compelling concepts. The first cd, Happy People, is an upbeat collection of tunes to get you steppin’ all summer. The first single, “Happy People,” has already gotten folks up out of their chairs, steppin’ to the left & steppin’ to the right! The second cd, U Saved Me, is comprised of uplifting, spiritually inspired songs that will make your heart sing, featuring the studio version of the show-stopping live performance on this year’s Soul Train Awards.R. Kelly is arguably one of R&B’s most productive minds in years and the Chicago native creates music at a pace that few artists in any genre could keep up with. “Happy People/U Saved Me” serves as Kelly’s own personal “Best of Both Worlds”–highlighting both the singer’s love for stepping (a Midwest-based dance craze) and need for salvation. “Happy People” is the more upbeat of the two discs with Kelly taking on the persona of the Weatherman, a DJ on the fictional LOVE radio station. The album’s title track and lead single is a perfect introduction to its infectious sound. Similarly, the midtempo groove of “Red Carpet (Pause, Flash)” will have stepping experts and novices headed straight to the dance floor. While the recurring stepping theme quickly becomes repetitive, you can’t help but groove all the way through.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for “U Saved Me.” The message-heavy disc sacrifices Kelly’s raw talent for melodrama. Songs like “I Surrender” and “Prayer Changes,” while expressing a sincere sentiment about believing in something greater than yourself, are a little overwhelming. That said, this disc’s title track is a rousing musical tale of overcoming obstacles with the help of God–complete with a rising choir. In the end, “Happy People/U Saved Me,” like most double albums, has both its highs and lows. —Rashaun Hall

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What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better

What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better

Dr. Dan Baker, director of the Life Enhancement Program at Canyon Ranch, has devoted his life to teaching people how to be happy. And apparently, most of us could use a little tutoring. Research has shown that the root of unhappiness–fear–lies in the oldest, reptilian part of our brains, and negative reactions are often dictated by primal instincts. We’re literally “hardwired for hard times.” In What Happy People Know, Dr. Baker uses evidence from the new science of happiness to show us how we can overcome this genetic predisposition toward negative reactions and lead a truly rich, happy, and healthy life.

In this book, Dr. Baker shares the program that has revolutionized the lives of countless unhappy people, VIP’s and regular Joes and Janes alike. First, you’ll learn the only two issues that ever cause unhappiness and devise your plan to overcome both of them. Then, Dr. Baker teaches you how to spot the happiness traps, the five doomed ways we try to make ourselves happy, only to dig ourselves further into misery. Finally, he shares his happiness tools, the six simple skills that, when practiced consistently, will inevitably lead to greater optimism, courage, good humor, and fulfillment–in short, to happiness.

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