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Harlem-bred vocalist Kelis left her parents’ home at 16, but continued her education at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. 2 years later with the support of producers The Neptunes, she landed herself a recording deal. In mid-1999, Kelis was singing alongside rap trouble- maker Ol’ Dirty Bastard on his cut “Got Your ... Read more in Amazon's Kelis Store

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B003EELV20
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. 22nd Century/Segue 1
3. 4th Of July (Fireworks)/Segue 2
4. Home/Segue 3
5. Acapella/Segue 4
6. Scream
7. Emancipate/Segue 5
8. Brave/Segue 6
9. Song For The Baby

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Flesh Tone is the first album from "Milkshake" singer Kelis for nearly four years, and her fifth in total, following the success of the top 10, Grammy-nominated Kelis Was Here. The album sees Kelis worki with producers including will.i.am, Free School, Boys Noize, Burnz, DJ Ammo and Benny Benassi.

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As Kevin Rowland knows, pulling off a whiplash change of musical direction can backfire on you. It can make you look like a sales-chasing dilettante, or worse. But Kelis, an RnB artist for more than 10 years, has made a dance album with such confidence and aplomb that it seems no more of a shock than a new hairstyle.

Flesh Tone credits house-man of the moment David Guetta as producer, and he brings the same vitality and sheen to it as he has to Madonna's work. Kelis has always been a strong character and a brave musician–this is what carries the album and assures your ears that it's no out-of-element flounder. It's arresting from the start, the hooks having immediate familiarity without directly pilfering. References leap exuberantly between decades–Moroder here, Justice there, some sweaty Ibiza melody filtering through.

Kelis's honey-husky voice slips easily into the hypnotic repetitions of dance music vocalisation; she uses the classic language of love songs and the soaring declarations of generalised euphoria particular to house music. The sense is that she's singing of her love for her child, this made explicit in Brave (the most Madonna-esque track here) and breezy closer Song for the Baby, but seeming more heartfelt in the astonishing centrepiece of Acapella. This is an absolute trampolining technicolour dancefloor monster, a model of songwriting precision but also the sound of pure joy, so happy it sounds like it's distorting its own fuzzed-up backing track with its bouncing. It's followed by Scream, a beat-free piano-based meditation giving way to Fedde-le-Grandian fist-pumping. Wow!

The album is surprisingly taut–nine tracks, most around four minutes long–incredibly disciplined for an RnB artist, unheard of for a dance act. There's an understanding of how dance music works and a willingness to rule-break–sometimes build-ups go nowhere and structures are discarded, but there's tremendous self-assurance in every swerve and extended breakdown. It only improves with further listens, the rich layering revealing itself and the hooks bedding in. It's a sensual and exhilarating album, and Kelis is a unique treasure. --Sarah Bee

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Butterworth on 17 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It may come as a surprise to younger Dance music fans that in the 80s, African-American artists helped lay down the foundations of what has since became an almost exclusively European music genre. Before Black music was swallowed up by the RnB revolution, Hip Hop and House musicians experimented and developed new urban sounds and new tricks of getting people onto the dance floor that in the 90s and 2000s were pretty much abandoned in favour of Jamaican influenced dancehall and pop styles.

Over the last couple of years we've seen the beginnings of a new eagerness in the Black music scene for Dance music, with artists like Kelly Rowland and Beyonce working with DJs to create Dance versions of RnB tracks and pop acts like The Black Eyed Pease introducing Dance sounds into their music. In the UK, influential artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Wiley have written tracks specifically in the Dance genre, such as Bonkers and Wearing My Rolex.

Kelis' subversively titled album Flesh Tones marks the full return of black artists to the Dance genre. The sounds are still (tangentially) influenced by RnB, but most of the tracks are true Dance tracks with pop or RnB overtones, rather than RnB tracks done in a Dance style. This is a welcome innovation for both the Dance and RnB genres, which have become over-commercialised and detached from their early, more intense and harder sounds.

I'll leave the music itself to other reviewers, but will say that this album requires several listenings as the fusion sound is a bit jarring at first. The tracks often do things that are common in the RnB genre but not European Dance (or vise versa) and this can be disconcerting.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Truecolours09 on 17 May 2010
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One look at the sleeve design makes it clear that Kelis is not about to be turned into some kind of bland, generic dance artist. She risks a back cover shot which peels away her skin to reveal every sinew beneath and a centrefold in which she is presented Sphinx-like as half woman and half animal.

It's this sense of being slightly off-kilter that has always informed Kelis' work. 'Flesh Tone' sees her move firmly into an electro/house sound and yet she remains distinct - this feels genuinely inventive and fresh.

Lead single 'Acapella' still sounds stunning - the Donna Summer vibes competing with an almost atonal, throbbing backing that at first threatens to overwhelm it but eventually enables the track to take flight. Hugely uplifting and anthemic.

It must be said that the songwriting is at times a bit disappointing. The chorus of 'Emancipate', for example, features the phrase 'Emancipate Yourself' repeated sixteen times. There is also a lack of melody in some places, with the (albeit catchy) hooks covering up some occasionally dull tunes.

Yet the sheer joy of the surging basslines on tracks like 'Home', 'Brave' and '22nd Century' is undeniable. There is also some variety - first track 'Intro' is a lovely minor-chord piece of Euro synth pop. Final track 'Song For The Baby' is the most instantly appealing song on the album - lyrically similar to 'Acapella' (celebrating the love she has for her new baby) it also has a sweeter, Salsoul-era disco feel.

At only nine tracks long, this is an album that should be heard in full. With tracks segued into one another (not mixed, but musically linked together) it's a collection that takes Kelis into new, exciting musical territory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tonythetenor on 18 Oct. 2010
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This is a great high-energy record for working out or just for pleasure. Friends sent me a copy and I'm glad they did, as I would never have thought to buy it. I've just ordered for a friend now to help "pass it on".

I didn't know Kelis' music much before this, although I know she was not known for dance music. I realise this is a major change of direction but if you just listen to it as a record and try to judge it objectively, it's damn good music. I thought it would get put on a shelf after a partial listen, but it has been dominating my CD player for a couple weeks now. Dance music with a personal stamp. The lyrics are a reflection of her life journey, having a baby etc.

I am not sure what else to say, it's an addictive album and I cannot imagine why it hasn't sold tons of copies. I love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. T. Carlin on 23 May 2010
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Short and simple..... First listen was awfull..... Second listen was good.... Third listen is still great!! On a serious note, I've been a great fan of Kelis since her first album. I didn't know where this album would meet me on a personal level due to her new dance sound but it has hit the spot sweetly! I think her independent vocal style has made the album to be honest. A dance tune can be repetative but Kelis has generated her own spark and sound on each of the tracks to make it not only catchy but unique! 5 stars for taking the balls to go in this different direction.... 4 stars for the album!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ja Van Den Berg on 25 Jun. 2010
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Wow!!! I have waited a long time to hear something this good, while other female pop singers are all going down a similar generic sink hole. Kelis, with the help of some inspired choices in song writers and producers have created one off the best dance albums in ages. Of course if Dance/Pop Music with female vocals is not for you then you probably shouldn't be reading this review but if it is then why do you not already own this album. In a world were we are saturated by Female Pop singers all trying to be each other or Lady Gaga Kelis has managed to do what most others have not, make Gaga look boring and make me want to dance all night long. The refreshing combination of Euro beats with her soulful vocals and beautiful lyrics makes for the most original and enjoyable album to get down to. As with all albums there is always a down side mine would be that it's to bloody short there only nine songs which run a total of 37 minutes, which can be over looked due to the fact that everyone is brilliant but it still left me wishing I could have stayed lost in her music for a few more minutes.

Overall Not since Róisín Murphy's 2008 album Overpowered have I enjoyed such an original, sexy, fun and just plain awesome musical experience!!!!
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