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Kelis' 3rd release proves that her 1st one was no fluke,
This review is from: Kelis - Tasty (Audio CD)
Kelis' debut CD titled "Kaleidoscope" did not fit the mold of what is expected in a female R&B artist. She deviated from the norm in every respect and wound up making one of the best releases that very 1999. Said release was heavily influenced by the genious of The Neptunes, who had not yet reached world domination status. Unfortunately few got to hear it as it took too many risks and did not fit neatly into a simple category. One look at the orange-hair-and-body-paint photo on the cover and you could tell that you were not dealing with your typical songbird. Her follow-up titled "Wanderland" was not released in the US and it was not a big loss as it was not as strong as "Kaleidoscope" in any respect.
Which brings us to "Tasty". When I first heard it I thought that is was just OK, but after a few more spins, I can safely say that in its own way it is as innovative as Kelis' debut, also has monster hit singles to spare, and greatly benefits from the best producers in the business. Her work with The Neptunes as exemplified with the hit single "Milkshake", continues to be a mutually rewarding collaboration, however "Tasty" is not solely about The Neptunes as it also has amazing tracks produced by Dallas Austin (the AMAZING opening track titled "Trick Me" and the hard-rock edge of "Keep It Down"), Andre 3000 ("Millionaire" which has quite the Prince feel), the one and only Raphael Saadiq ("Attention"), and Rockwilder ("In Public").
Despite all the new assistance, "Tasty" is filled with very little filler and has Kelis sounding better than ever. In a nutshell, "Tasty" strikes the challenging balance of intriguing experimentation and catchy hooks to create one of the most fun records of 2003. I could hear the opening track all day, which is a short soundfest titled "Introduction" (no production credits).
All is not perfect. There are a few of songs that lack spark such as "In Public" and although "Glow" starts off like a major winner, the song ultimately falls flat. I also found that "Sugar Honey Iced Tea" sounded uninspired; notwithstadning these observations, this is a solid effort that easily earns 4 stars. As I tend to do, I have made my own copy with the very best of this release and that is a 5 star release.
If you liked "Kaleidoscope" don't stay away from this release just because it may seem that Kelis has gone mainstream by looking at the sexy cover and listening to the first-single. Kelis is still the original she always was and I hope to hear much more from her in the future.