Seriously, one could write volumes about how his entire oeuvre is basically an existential analysis of one man’s struggle to define himself in a world of Absurdity and Dread… A story of moving from the aesthetic realm (the Club) to the realm to the ethical realm (Church) It is, essentially, Either/Or, if Soren Kierkegaard had been an R&B singer in the late-20th and early-21st centuries.
Kelly even shares Kierkegaard’s obsession with adopting various personae. For Kierkegaard it was John the Silent, Hilarius Bookbinder, and Johannes Climacus, among others. For Kelly, its Sylvester, Kellz, the “Pied Piper of R&B,” and more.
Honestly, if I had the time and the inclination, I would love to give this the analysis it deserves. I feel like it would be the most insane philosophical work since Ecce Homo.