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Kelis Was Here
     

Kelis Was Here

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by Kelis
 

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With her third disc, Kelis continues to stand apart from other female R&B-pop sirens with a sound that borrows as much from '80s new wave as it does from classic soul and gangsta rap. Kelis Was Here features the Too Short-assisted single, "Bossy," and other guest appearances by Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley), Will.I.Am (Black Eyed Peas), and her hubby, hip-hop legend

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With her third disc, Kelis continues to stand apart from other female R&B-pop sirens with a sound that borrows as much from '80s new wave as it does from classic soul and gangsta rap. Kelis Was Here features the Too Short-assisted single, "Bossy," and other guest appearances by Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley), Will.I.Am (Black Eyed Peas), and her hubby, hip-hop legend Nas.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"That milkshake song" ("Milkshake") brought Kelis to the mainstream for a couple months during 2003 and 2004. The singer's follow-up -- Kelis Was Here, her fourth album -- bears no retreads. Though lead single "Bossy" makes lyrical references to her number three hit and the moderate breakout "Caught Out There," the song is as distinct as anything she has done before, featuring another variation on her don't-give-a-damn assertiveness, this time over an ornamental and plinky production from Shondrae. The album, like the others before it, deals a number of stylistic curveballs, all of which are handled by the singer like lobs down the middle of the plate. What makes it less successful than 1999's Kaleidoscope and 2003's Tasty is that it's extremely choppy and excessively long, and it doesn't have the range of emotions to match the varied backdrops. There is too much and not enough Kelis; too much material is second rate, and the tougher sides of her character dominate the album -- there are too few equivalents to the softer likes of "Get Along with You," "Flash Back," and "Protect My Heart." Minus the intro, there are 17 songs, which are sequenced in a way that snags any sense of momentum. "Bossy" leads into the plodding and brainless "What's That Right There," an inert club track that relies far too much on an overused Funkadelic song and a tossed-off call-and-response nonsense initiated by producer will.i.am. "Blindfold Me"'s anthemic kink drops directly into a misty-eyed ballad, one of a few instances where Kelis' collaborators ape old Neptunes moves (such as the ones made on Kelis' first three albums), though Scott Storch deserves a commendation for his clone job on "Trilogy." While Kelis Was Here cannot be disregarded, it's more like a lot of songs thrown onto a disc at random than an album. It's more demanding of your deleting and resequencing skills than any other Kelis release. Beware the baffling three-minute jam that ends "Have a Nice Day" and stay for the untitled bonus track, actually titled "F*ck Them Bitches," which continues to prove that any Kelis song involving cursing and putdowns is a brilliant Kelis song.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0828768325827
catalogNumber:
83258
Rank:
177165

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelis   Primary Artist
Joseph Edwards   Choir, Chorus
Jim Gilstrap   Choir, Chorus
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar
Dawn Beckman   Choir, Chorus
John Patrick   Choir, Chorus
will.i.am   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards,Clavinet,Moog Bass
Charles Jones   Piano,Keyboards
Julio A. Hanson   Choir, Chorus
Chuck Prada   Percussion
Jason Paul Brown   Choir, Chorus
Robert Ozuna   Percussion,Drums,Turntables
Renee Bowers   Choir, Chorus
Renato Brasa   Percussion
Kerry Braxton   Choir, Chorus
Cheryl Evans   Background Vocals
Sandra Riley   Choir, Chorus
Meneradini "Bridge" Timothee   Piano,Keyboards
Keith Harris   Keyboards,fender rhodes,Moog Bass

Technical Credits

T. Shaw   Composer
Too $hort   Engineer
Doug Wilson   Engineer
Raphael Saadiq   Producer
Dré   Producer
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Charles McCrorey   Engineer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Max Martin   Producer,Instrumentation
will.i.am   Producer,drum programming
Tatsuya Sato   Engineer
Denise Trorman   Art Direction
Shondrae   Engineer
K. Harris   Composer
John Hanes   Producer
S. Garrett   Composer
Jake & the Phatman   Producer
M. Martin   Composer
Jason Boyd   Producer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Grecco Buratto   Arranger
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Renson Mateo   Engineer
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Sean Garrett   Producer
Marc Lee   Engineer
Kasz Money   Producer
Damon Elliott   Arranger,Producer
Lukasz Gottwald   Instrumentation
Scott Storch   Producer

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Kelis Was Here 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelis’s fourth album maintains and still stands apart from other female R&B-pop sirens. I’m extremely happy with this album. I have been a true Kelis fan since the release of ‘Wanderland.’ Kelis is a confident woman who brings a non traditional, progressive sound to music. She reveals how truly talented she is. There are so many beautifully constructed and delivered songs in this album. The styles on this album go from R&B, rock, hip hop, '80s new wave, classic soul, and rap. She even gives us a great mixture of ballads and club tracks. There is no shortage of music in here. Once I first heard the intro I mistook it for a track because it was so catchy. The start out single ‘Bossy’ (Featuring Too $hort) is great because it lets her fans and new listeners know who she is. ‘"Aww S***" ,’ ‘I Don't,’ ‘Handful,’ ‘Appreciate Me,’ and the hidden track called "F*** Them B****es" are some of Kelis’s trademark clearly showing us what a tough person she is and what she represents- got to love it. She brings back the sexuality on ‘Whats That Right There,’ and ‘Blindfold Me,’ which is beautiful and the lyrics are nice. ‘Till the Wheels Fall Off Think,’ ‘Living Proof,’ bring in some great melody’s, class, and funky beats that you’ll won’t resist. ‘Like you,’ is one of my personal favorites because of the beats and the opera chorus held in the background it’s so tight! ‘Weekend (Featuring Wil.i.am)’ is very infectious, uplifting beat with some fun lyrics. ‘Lil Star’ is another personal favorite because it has an old school vibe and Cee Lo and Kelis’s voice works so well together. In ‘Trilogy,’ Kelis brings us to her world which is sweet because you would think the Neptunes had there hands on this track. ‘Goodbyes’ is nice soft melody accompany by some great lyrics. ‘Circus’ is good because Kelis brings out what most music artist probably stands for these days. And finally, ‘Have A Nice Day’ – is a great ending because it’s soft and joyful at the same time. After hearing this album I couldn’t get enough. She is such a great artist that is so under appreciated. ‘Kelis was here’ is defiantly a very strong album. You can tell she has gone through a lot of changes in here. She has held on to her roots while branching out into this album. She is clearly one true artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best album of the year. HANDS DOWN. Very creative, versatile, and just plain hot. No other artist can compare to this girls style. The beats and the lyrics are simply outstanding. She is always reinventing herself and her dress style is just fabulous. Keep em coming Kelis and God bless you in all of your now and future endeavors. Can't wait for the cook book and clothing line. If you don't already have this album, this is definitely a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee this CD.My friends think I'm crazy,because I wiil listen to the CD in My car and listen to it all day.
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
This album is really a return to form for the smoky voiced vixen. Yet it is slightly less stimulating than her debut. The beginning of Kelis Was Here is a blast then it quickly looses momentum towards the end. Still I love her voice and her quirky sound, so I look forward to her next album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
loved the lp but it still had a star trak feel dont you think
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was going 2 buy this cd but i listned 2 it first and the only song i like is bossy. Ever since i heard bossy, i wanted this album. i thought most of the songs would b just as good but boy was i wrong! i'm gonna download bossy onto my mp3 and not waste my $$$.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelis does it again! The is by far her best CD. It is a beautiful mix of R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, and even a little bit of Funk. I love a confident woman and Kelis exudes this in her songs. From Bossy to Blindfold me to What's that right there, she brings such a non traditional, progressive sound to music,that it often start trends (see Keisha Cole, Beyonce, etc.) that I put her in the same class as Madonna, Janet, and Gwen Stefani
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelis’s fourth album maintains and still stands apart from other female R&B-pop sirens. I’m extremely happy with this album. I have been a true Kelis fan since the release of ‘Wanderland.’ Kelis is a confident woman who brings a non traditional, progressive sound to music. She reveals how truly talented she is. There are so many beautifully constructed and delivered songs in this album. The styles on this album go from R&B, rock, hip hop, '80s new wave, classic soul, and rap. She even gives us a great mixture of ballads and club tracks. There is no shortage of music in here. Once I first heard the intro I mistook it for a track because it was so catchy. The start out single ‘Bossy’ (Featuring Too $hort) is great because it lets her fans and new listeners know who she is. ‘"Aww S***" ,’ ‘I Don't,’ ‘Handful,’ ‘Appreciate Me,’ and the hidden track called "F*** Them B****es" are some of Kelis’s trademark clearly showing us what a tough person she is and what she represents- got to love it. She brings back the sexuality on ‘Whats That Right There,’ and ‘Blindfold Me,’ which is beautiful and the lyrics are nice. ‘Till the Wheels Fall Off Think,’ ‘Living Proof,’ bring in some great melody’s, class, and funky beats that you’ll won’t resist. ‘Like you,’ is one of my personal favorites because of the beats and the opera chorus held in the background it’s so tight! ‘Weekend (Featuring Wil.i.am)’ is very infectious, uplifting beat with some fun lyrics. ‘Lil Star’ is another personal favorite because it has an old school vibe and Cee Lo and Kelis’s voice works so well together. In ‘Trilogy,’ Kelis brings us to her world which is sweet because you would think the Neptunes had there hands on this track. ‘Goodbyes’ is nice soft melody accompany by some great lyrics. ‘Circus’ is good because Kelis brings out what most music artist probably stands for these days. And finally, ‘Have A Nice Day’ – is a great ending because it’s soft and joyful at the same time. After hearing this album I couldn’t get enough. She is such a great artist that is so under appreciated. ‘Kelis was here’ is defiantly a very strong album. You can tell she has gone through a lot of changes in here. She has held on to her roots while branching out into this album. She is clearly one true artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a BIG Kelis fan. I think she is not only beautiful but individual. She's nothing like the others out there today (nor yesterday). With that said, I have to say I enjoyed Tasty much better then this album and although I rated this album 'okay' I am still a fan and would purchase anything else she puts out. I enjoy most: Weekend (happy dance song), Til the Wheels Fall Off (loyal), Trilogy, and of course Bossy.