Tasty

Tasty

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by Kelis
     
 

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Kelis has shown how deviating from the norm can get you pegged falsely -- in her case, as an extraterrestrial being the Neptunes had beamed down from another planet. Maybe the orange-hair-and-body-paint photo on the cover of Kaleidoscope didn't help. And it's safe to say that none of her contemporaries would've ever thought of

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Kelis has shown how deviating from the norm can get you pegged falsely -- in her case, as an extraterrestrial being the Neptunes had beamed down from another planet. Maybe the orange-hair-and-body-paint photo on the cover of Kaleidoscope didn't help. And it's safe to say that none of her contemporaries would've ever thought of screaming something like "I hate you so much right now -- uuuugh!" for the chorus of a debut single. Otherwise, Kelis is as down-to-earth as they come; she just doesn't fit the mold of what has been expected in a female R&B artist the past few years (or ever). From a commercial standpoint, this has worked to a disadvantage: Wanderland, her second album, wasn't even released in the U.S. by Virgin, even though it was every bit as fresh and rainbow-dappled as her debut. Just before slipping completely out of view, the Neptunes set her up with Star Trak and dusted off Wanderland's "Popular Thug" -- with Pusha T wiped off in favor of new verses from new fiancé Nas -- for their Clones compilation. That set the table for Tasty, which actually involves less Chad and Pharrell, who produce only five tracks this time around; Dame Grease, Dallas Austin, Raphael Saadiq, Rockwilder, and Andre 3000 pick up most of the production duties. Despite all the new assistance, Tasty is formatted much like Kaleidoscope and Wanderland, constantly swinging back and forth between bouncy pop and laid-back (not throwback) soul. Just the same, the favorable quality level is another recurring characteristic, with only a couple miscues thwarting perfection (you're hereby advised to skip past "In Public"). Lead single "Milkshake," a coquettish playground tease, is the brightest moment of all; built around blaring synth-funk stun riffs, pitter-patter hand percussion, and a singalong taunt of a chorus, it's every bit as suggestive as Vanity 6's "Nasty Girl," the Mary Jane Girls' "In My House," and Monifah's "Touch It," with all three serving as musical -- not just lyrical -- points of reference. On some other planet, at least ten other songs here hit the Top Ten. Regardless of whether or not Kelis is one of us, we clearly don't appreciate her enough.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Ernest Hardy
1/2 Tasty,her third album, is her best work -- lighter and more cohesive than her ill-fated second album, 2001's Wanderland, more focused and mature than her 2000 debut, Kaleidoscope.
Vibe - Jason King
1/2 Kelis hasn't had a solo chart hit in four years (her last album, Wanderland, wasn't released in the U.S.). Tasty, however, is chock full of A-list producers delivering state-of-the-art tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974827825
catalogNumber:
748278
Rank:
66399

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelis   Primary Artist
Kevin Kendricks   Piano,Keyboards
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Tony Reyes   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kelvin Wooten   Piano,Keyboards,Sitar
André 3000   Drums,Keyboards
Jake & the Phatman   Percussion,scratching,Drums
Greg "Ruckus" Andrews   DJ

Technical Credits

Dallas Austin   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Douglas Davis   Composer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Jeffrey Schulz   Artwork
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Kelvin Wooten   Composer,Producer
Dana Stinson   Composer
Dionne Wilson   Composer
James Majors   Engineer
Neptunes   Producer
Mike Koch   Engineer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Engineer
André 3000   Programming
Jake & the Phatman   Producer,drum programming
Vincent Alexander   Engineer
John Tanksley   Engineer
Damon "Grease" Blackmon   Composer,Producer
Glenn Standridge   Composer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
Bobby Ozuna   Composer
Taura "Aura" Jackson   Composer
Matthew Still   Engineer

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Tasty 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the fact that Kelis knew how her voice worked and what to sing. I think that the lyrics on this Cd are very good. I also like the fact that Kelis has a different kind of voice, which is a good one. If you don't like the CD, then go out to buy it for the Catchey beats and phrases on it. I encourage Everyone to buy it!!!! - Peace! K-Diggs
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelis is back with a bang! Earning a Grammy Nom. for "Milkshake", and getting massive airplay. Tasty was a all around great album and I can get down to it anytime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is the best so far it has a mixture of types of usic and you wont put this cd down. this is definetly a good addition to your collection cause my milkshake is better than yours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am extremely pleased with my purchase of this album. Kelis has brought the heat and raised the bar for the hip hop industry. I haven't heard anything this good from anyone in a couple years. All props due are delivered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the song milkshakes so much that i hear it everyday on Q102(102.1)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sadly, Kelis uses blunt sex appeal to get attention from male listeners. The lyrics are a joke and the beats are repetitious. I gave the album two stars for the minimal effort put into making this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hello ladies and gents, I now present my review of this smash!...Kelis is something out of this world to me. Let me tell you how I discovered her....I did like (caught out there(I hate you...)), but when I saw the(Get along wit you) video, I was captivated. I shouldn't sound corny to say the least, but if we all try to discover music that we find "strange" out of our ordinary lives, then we could have such stronger imaginations and appreciate life for what it's worth. If this could get to Kelis in any sort of way, just say that some-one respects her and thinks she is great. My favorites on the Tasty are as follows,(The first eight tracks, but will enjoy the rest as they come). You guys ever feel that when you get new music, that you should take your time to listen because you feel you're losing something!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this new album except Marathon it's not a good closer for the cd and it sounds like a Kalediocsope track but the rest is good and i can't wait for the next single which is of course"in public" feat her man Nas and Kelis should score big with this tasty CD it's a good listen-cd and u should buy it No
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the album. Its nice and fun to listen to. Kelis does all kind of new styles for her album.