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.
Performance CreditsKelis 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 CreditsDallas 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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!!
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.
i love the song milkshakes so much that i hear it everyday on Q102(102.1)
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
I like the album. Its nice and fun to listen to. Kelis does all kind of new styles for her album.