Flesh Tone

Flesh Tone

by Kelis
     
 
To say Kelis has been through some changes would be an understatement. Since the 2006 release Kelis Was Here, she moved from Jive to will.i.am's Interscope-affiliated vanity imprint, divorced Nas, and gave birth to a boy. Between all that, in addition to a

Overview

To say Kelis has been through some changes would be an understatement. Since the 2006 release Kelis Was Here, she moved from Jive to will.i.am's Interscope-affiliated vanity imprint, divorced Nas, and gave birth to a boy. Between all that, in addition to a catalog of four R&B albums that deserved greater sales, she could be forgiven for making something like a mindless dance-pop album. While Flesh Tone is a headlong dive into sleek dance-pop -- one that could have been forecast years prior, given her collaborations with Moby, Timo Maas, and Richard X, and let us never forget Diddy's "Let's Get Ill" -- it is much more personal than any of her past releases. "Acapella," one of two tracks made with David Guetta, seems merely redemptive ("It's just me surviving alone," "Before you, my whole life was acapella") until considering that it comes from a woman whose marriage fell through just prior to motherhood. The song that creates the album's second greatest rush is also about parenthood; "Song for the Baby" similarly strikes as a boilerplate dancefloor love song on the surface, but once its subject sinks in, "I love you more than you'll ever know" disarms quicker than any line from "Get Along with You" or "Rolling Through the Hood." The remaining tracks are based in romantic relationships, but not all of them are about moving ahead. The churning "Intro" is bleak, just about hopeless ("Your force so dark, now my life feels uninspired"), yet it is just as powerful as anything else on the album. Nine songs with seven unique sets of production credits whip by in 38 minutes. The setup works because the songs are conjoined and dynamically ordered, like each collaborator knew what was required to complement the other tracks without sacrificing any distinct sonic character. Whether or not Flesh Tone remains a stylistic outlier, the disc will always be a bright standout in Kelis' discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
Label:
Will.I.AM MUSIC GRP.
UPC:
0602527402321
catalogNumber:
001437602

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelis   Primary Artist
Sylvia Plath   Background Vocals
George Robertson   Background Vocals
Alain Whyte   Guitar
Jean Baptiste   Background Vocals
Sylvia Gordon   Background Vocals
Alle Benassi   Background Vocals
Neil Jacobson   Background Vocals
Stacy Barthe   Background Vocals
Nick J. Groff   Background Vocals
Michael McHenry   Background Vocals
DJ Rashida   Background Vocals
Printz Boards   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Nick Marsh   Composer,Instrumentation
Renato Lopez   Engineer
will.i.am   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Kelis   Composer,Executive Producer
Jean Baptiste   Composer,Executive Producer
Benny Benassi   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
David Guetta   Composer,Producer
Makeba Riddick   Composer
Jeff Scheven   Composer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Alle Benassi   Composer,Producer
Karen Goodman   Marketing
Julie Hovsepian   Marketing
Boys Noize   Producer,Instrumentation
Ambrosia Healy   Publicity
Ian O'Brien-Docker   Composer,Instrumentation
Alex Ridha   Composer
D.I.M.   Producer,Instrumentation
Anthony Burns   Composer
Fred Riesterer   Composer,Producer
Andreas Meid   Composer
Jamie Munson   Composer
Ryan Buendia   Engineer
Michael McHenry   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Christine Wolff   Publicity
Roman "El Tocadisco" De Garcez   Composer,Producer
Ronald Morris   Composer
Vanessa Fischer   Composer
Chelsea Avery   Marketing Coordinator
Damien Leroy   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Erin Cooney   Publicity
Jennifer Bowling   Marketing Coordinator
Printz Boards   Composer
Brian B. Russ   Engineer
Brett Bracy   Publicity

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