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Flesh Tone

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2010 album from the R&B sensation. Nearly four years have passed since the release of the Top 10, Grammy-nominated Kelis Was Here and anticipation for Flesh Tone is at an ultimate high. The album sees Kelis head in a fresh new direction, working with cutting edge producers including, Free School, Boys Noize, Burnz, DJ Ammo and Benny Benassi. Includes the single 'Acapella'.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. INTRO
  4. HOME
  8. BRAVE

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 6, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B003GDYN24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kelis' new CD "Flesh Tone" comprises 9 tracks of Eurodisco. Working with producers like David Guetta, Benny Benassi and, it reminds one of Donna Summer's non-stop seventies Disco classics. A number of the songs intertwine with the next, with some having codas distinctively different from the main song. No skeletal Neptunes Funk ("Milkshake") or Cee-Lo penned Pop ("Lil star") here.

The midtempo "Intro", despite its name, is a proper song with swirling synths with Kelis singing in that straining-to-reach-the-notes voice she does with such ease. This segues into the propulsive "22nd century" with surging synths, electronic swishes and flourishes, gently stomping beats that come in fully after the first chorus and her vocals mechanically tweaked to lend it a futuristic bent. It ends in a piano coda that segues into "4th July (Fireworks)" which has a jittery Techno feel.

"We are all running in a race, to find everything that you're searching for is right there" she tells us in the Trancey "Home" that does itself feel like a race. Lead-off single, a UK #5 hit is the semi-skeletal Guetta-produced "Acapella" with staccato beats and lovely harmonies, segueing into the piano-sprinkled Guetta-produced "Scream" with spoken/chanted verses.

"Emancipate" is one of the grooviest songs and should appeal to fans of her prior R&B sound, as should the beautiful celebratory horn-peppered "Song for the baby" sounding like eighties Soul set to a Disco beat, an ode to her son Knight. "Brave" features buzzing synths and light vocoder effects, a stomping Club anthem with biographical lyrics.

A brave change in direction for Kelis which should be a big hit in Europe. Kelis said she wants this album to make the listener sweat, and with music this hot, you will.
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A big switch in musical direction for an artist is usually the result of one of two things ... either big changes in the artist's personal life, or a marketing strategy to appeal to a different or bigger demographic.

In the case of Kelis with "Flesh Tone", I think it's a little of both. Kelis was pregnant and going through a nasty and public divorce while recording the album, which could explain the album's themes of liberation, birth, and rebirth. At the same time, the album's club/dance/electronica vibe could also have to do with the recent success of dance acts like the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga.

In the end, I think it comes down to whether it works or not. "Flesh Tone" works. On her last two albums, Kelis had been playing the role of tough/sexy R&B diva, downplaying the spaciness of her earlier work. But the vibe of "Flesh Tone" allows Kelis to completely blast off into space, and it suits her. And although the tracks are full of throbbing beats and electronic sound affects, Kelis' raspy, soulful voice keeps the tracks from ever sounding too mechanical, and her lyrics, probably her most vulnerable and heartfelt ever, add an emotional core that was lacking in some of her R&B hits like "Milkshake" or "Bossy".

Ironically, by making a switch to dance music, Kelis has come up with the most soulful album of her career.
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I have to say I have followed Kelis since the 1st (Kaleidoscope) album and her second lp (Wanderland) was by far the Best. And what is sad about that one it was never released in the U.S? So in my opinion she has had it pretty hard in the music industry. I think she was just to advanced for our market at the time. I have loved each and every album she has done for different reasons. (Tasty) was the u.s Watered down version of (Wanderland) which was a far more superior album. (Kelis was here) Was mainly produced by Polow Da Don Mostly and sounded like a bad interpretation of pharrell. So each album in my opinion was least creative after the 1st two. So lets face it people, the Neptune's were her muze and her creative partners and best work. And for what ever reason they have chosen not to work with her anymore. So her music has definitely been kind of a stretch since then. The previous album wasn't mixed properly and the songs were only reinterpretations of her past glory. So I pride her in going into a new direction that will put her in a new genre all together. It shows that she listens to different things like Madonna and wants to expand her self into a different culture. This isn't all about the money and the fame she is going for the recognition in a underground arena. Armin Van Buuren and a lot of other famous Dj's can now add her too there playlist. This is a beautiful album and very easy listening, almost like a trance experience. I think at this point she has no choice but to move forward there are no R&B producers in the game left that can propel her forward. She has had her time in that genre and I think she was a innovator like Aaliyah so she has done her time. This is authentic Euro Trance/Dance music this is not some cheesy techno commercial garbage.Read more ›
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"Flesh Tone" is a deliciously perfect blend of electro-house pop. I bought the album today and I have been playing it non-stop and now I'm waiting for my hard copy so I can play it until it plays no more! The music is euphoric and the lyrics are beautiful. Yes, here is an electronic-pop album with deep and meaningful lyrics. I did not care for Kelis before, I just liked her "Milkshake" and "Bossy" hits like everyone else, but after hearing her single "Acapella" and "4th of July" I learned more about her and watched some interviews and performances--Tavis Smiley and saw her on Kimmel and Leno. She is so amazing live that I already bought my tickets to see her in concert with Robyn! (YES!)

This album is like the ultimate lullaby to her son and a kind of declaration of her independence and strength as a woman. Her divorce from Nas did not turn her into a crying woman that cowers back and loses it all. With this album she picks herself up, pieces everything together and rises from the problems with strength!
The music is amazing. If this is her new musical direction, then more power to her! There are so many club stomping hits on this album, it is incredible. My personal favorites are "22nd Century", "Acapella", "4th of July", and "Song for the Baby". I just cannot get over the fact that this is a dance album with beautiful lyrics and for such a cheap price ($7.99) it is a STEAL! It is has gotten praise from critics and bloggers alike, and all I can say is that they hit the nail on the head. This album is HOT!

Finally, this is the PERFECT SUMMER ALBUM! Buy it NOW!
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