Flesh Tone

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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," ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2010
  • Label: Will.I.AM MUSIC GRP.
  • UPC: 602527402321
  • Catalog Number: 001437602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (3:29)
  2. 2 22nd Century (4:54)
  3. 3 4th of July (Fireworks) (5:39)
  4. 4 Home (4:02)
  5. 5 Acapella (4:27)
  6. 6 Scream (3:29)
  7. 7 Emancipate (4:25)
  8. 8 Brave (3:31)
  9. 9 Song for the Baby (3:41)
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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
Mark Gillespie Associate Executive Producer
Nick Marsh Composer, Instrumentation
Renato Lopez Engineer
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
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
DJ Replay Associate Executive Producer
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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