CD Review: Kelis 

Fleshtone (Will.I.Am/Interscope)

What was "Milkshake" anyway? R&B? And now that you think about it, isn't it kind of weird to categorize what Kelis did in "Caught Out There" as singing, or what was going on in "Bossy" as rapping? Kelis has been a risky oddball from the get-go. On her fifth album, she sounds like she's finally found her calling in Eurodance. There's "Acapella"'s spare, forthright throb and the eerie roller-disco synths that propel "Home." But Fleshtone takes too long to get to the good stuff. "22nd Century" and "4th of July (Fireworks)" grow more generic with each listen. Many of the best moments happen in between the tracks, with loopy, cutup endings and odd experimental twists. If only Kelis were as confident in her songwriting as she is in her ambition to skitter up a record. As it stands, she's a failed innovator and an undervalued singles artist. Dan Weiss


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Dave Attell @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Fri., Oct. 28
  • Matt Johnson's Dueling Piano Fiasco! @ Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

    • Fri., Oct. 28
  • Halloween Spooktacular: Superman at the Symphony @ Severance Hall

    • Sun., Oct. 30

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation