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Flesh Tone [CD]

Kelis Audio CD
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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,024 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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BBC Review

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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this so much right now 17 May 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite dance set 18 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Black music's attack is back 17 Sep 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TUNE!!! 23 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best dance album for ages..... 26 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bought this after hearing the advert for the album on tv. I'm pretty sure they showed her singing Acapella. It sounded just like the kind of music I enjoy listening to on my iPod.
Pretty much like every single song. It reminds me a little of the early 90's Inner City stuff. Very dancy, very catchy - the kind of music you can lose yourself in.
Highly recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It was nothing special.
Expected this album to be a bit better and some more catchy tunes. Enjoyed a few of the songs but quite a few that I didn't.
Published 8 months ago by Tango
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have! best kelis album!
one of the best albums kelis has ever made, it has a great production, excelent music and lyrics a must buy for any dance-electronic music fan! Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. A. A. Mena
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop dancing album
Unique style, unique voice, unique person. A non-stop dancing album that you will always remember & never get tired of listening.
Published 15 months ago by Aron Ramna
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the biggest surprises in 2010
I have never been a fan of Kelis. Of course I have heard both "Milkshake" and "Trick me". But that was it...until I listened to "Fleshtone". It took completely by surprise. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pitbulltje
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelis Flesh Tone
This is a great album. Kelis Is very individual and always seems to be ahead of her time. The tracks are dance oriented, but,
if that's not your taste it won't matter as this... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Mattrixification
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet!
I have been looking for this CD for sometime and for whatever reason they haven't had it in any HMV store. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Richard G
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Best Dance Album of 2010
Despite being only 9 songs long, this album is a must buy. It is so underrated and flows perfectly from start to finish, the album failed commercially and I cannot understand why... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by Jonny2020
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't play individually
I'm a fan of Kelis' music and after hearing a few of her tracks from this album via youtube I decided to buy the album in CD format. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by Webbley
3.0 out of 5 stars Interestingly curious
Hmm enjoyed the released tracks but otherwise, Cd not of much interest to me. I cannot deny this artist tests the musical boundaries and this Cd no less, but as said apart from... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by Mrs. H. E. I. Denness
1.0 out of 5 stars Another sensational singer turned into Lady GaGa
Its been about four years since Kelis released an album. The wait was worth nothing as she dumped her classic RnB and Rap styles and changed them for a dance genre. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by Mrs. Sa Hill
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