Kelis Bares Her Soul on ‘Food’

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By Chelsea Whitaker

I’ve been impressed by Kelis since I heard her sing the hook to Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Got Your Money”. She was dripping in attitude, giving the track the vocal equivalent of a side-eye. Kelis moved on to find a distinct niche as top songstress of The Neptunes, who brought a unique playfulness to her hit songs “Milkshake” and “Caught Out There”.

It’s been 11 years since “Milkshake” permeated clubs and block parties. Kelis has released two albums since then, but neither of them truly recapture the magic of her debut album Kaleidoscope. By staying in the public eye throughout her divorce from Nas she was present but not musically relevant – and his song about her did not help. With the release of a new album, Kelis offers a departure from her past by embracing a vintage sound.

Kelis delivers a soul-drenched take on all types of nourishment on her sixth studio album, Food.  Kelis appears as a soulful kitchen goddess, and does so while keeping her sound toe-tappingly upbeat. This sound is a departure from her previous albums, and is deeply influenced by producer Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. The result is a blend of deep yet mellow tracks perfect for any cookout or dinner party. [Read more...]