This album kept me thoroughly entertained throughout its course of 18 tracks which surprised me as I didn't have to skip once. My only minor grumble is that quite a few of the songs have chorus's that are just repetition of the same line over and over, which is not real songwriting to me. Tracks guilty of this crime are 'Til The Wheels Fall Off', 'What's That Right There' and 'Appreciate Me' in particular (despite the latter being one of my favourite tracks).
The best tracks are 'Trilogy' which has a fab chorus showing Kelis has a great voice, and 'Circus' which sees her rap her way through a host of verses. Others to watch out for are the self-assured single 'Bossy', 'Blindfold Me' (maybe a little to much information!) and 'Like You' which samples an opera voice as an instrument which I thought was very interesting and fresh. `Lil Star' is a cute little number and in `Handful' she admits to being overwhelming, and, well, a handful!
Kelis has clearly experimented on this album and allowed her creativity to flow. I am still yet to decide whether it's better than 'Tasty' but it's still a corker of an album. What it does lack is that one special song that will hook in the music buying public, like 'Milkshake' did. Kelis has also taken a gamble by dropping 'The Neptunes' as her producers, which is slightly puzzling as they seem to be going from strength to strength. Kelis has taken control and the results are very promising, and pleasing to hear.