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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00I0HNOQW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 23, 2014
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Music and food seem to go hand-in-hand for Kelis through various projects. Following the release of "Tasty" (2003) and its massive hit single "Milkshake", Kelis graduated as a saucier, hosted her own cookery show, previewed a sauce line as well as a clothing line, and has been working on a recipe book for some time. In contrast to previous album, the electro-dance "Flesh tone", new album "Food" is filled with funky grooves and bluesy melodies, built around blasts of brass and soundtrack-like orchestral moments.

Food as a concept takes on so many meanings, but as a theme it is better described through "consumption". Kelis, rather than be political or existential, focuses on how humans consume the world around them through memories, experiences and lifestyles. This new album was reportedly written with influences from the records her parents played while growing up. Obviously, she understands that a meal provides more than sustenance for the body, this is so much more than a gastronomic concept album.

Here she is at her most homely and reflective. One could argue that "Food" is a cleverly disguised break-up record. Her divorce with rapper Nas provides lyric material which Kelis addresses with strength and maturity. Her vocal delivery is flawless; her husky, soulful voice demands full attention from the listener. Big bouncey beats, deep throbbing bass, crunchy guitar riffs, pulsating hip-hop grooves, snappy drums, dramatic strings, bright horns, hints of gospel, elements of folk; "Food" is a jazzy-tingled, soul-fueled, R'n'B-flavoured 13-course delectable feast of deliciousness.
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Aside from Milkshake I had not much to say about Kelis however from beginning to end this album is amazing. It's got a semi-retro funky vibe and her voice is incredible. So glad I heard Jerk Ribs and decided to give the whole thing a shot, I would say this is one of the best albums of 2014!
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Each of her albums had certain tracks that were infectious. But,this whole album is. The horns,her husk voice reaching falsetto, lyrics, and the whole sequencing of the album.
I always new knew that a complete album was in her but the right pieces had to come together. And, on FOOD they finally did. Her R&B fans should be satisfied and her last record was a one off dance record. I don't know if it was an obligation to finish out a record contract.
Don't get me wrong Brave, Acapella,4th of July, were great but the dance root she's more talented and FOOD proves it that a whole band adds so much too her.
I say buy this album and the guy from TV on the Radio helped out so much and this album she just wasn't just a voice she was part of making the whole FOOD album. Unlike before having the record company dragging in different song writers that made the albums un cohesive.
Finally, the talented Kelis has a Cohesive album.the Closet was her debut. Weird been about 15 yrs since an actual whole cohesive album. I've listened to it 3 times and there's more sounds every time. So,buy it.
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I listened through this album a few times, trying to come up with adequate descriptions. Food has a great sound to it, and Kelis' voice is powerful. Every track is original. Like a recipe, I would think about the construction. This is a mature sound that is a long way from the novelty of her "Milkshake" debut. I bought this as I bought her single to "Friday Fish Fry", and found the whole thing a pleasant surprise. It's a banquet!
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So when I learned that Kelis' follow-up to her club album, the incredible and under-rated, Flesh Tone, was going to be an album called Food that would help with her new direction in the world of the food network or cooking shows, I was scared.
First thing that came to mind was, gimmick! OH NO!
When I get a Kelis album I want to be "blown away" and I didn't think it would happen with this "Food" project. BOY WAS I WRONG! This is a sexy, sultry, and emotive r&b album that is both modern and classic all at once. Perfect album that you can play when you're getting close to your special someone.
I would ultimately like Kelis to go back to making edgier club music.
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Criminally underrated, Kelis' "Food" harked back to 70's funk and soul at a time when the charts were obsessed with hip-hop and bubblegum pop from teenage artists. Grown folks with an appreciation for grooves, sexy vocals, and engaging production are missing out in a big way if they skip this one.
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First of all, Kelis is an original. I just wanna throw that out there. Every album she's made has fit a genre and personality that she portrays/possesses, and this album is no exception.

Let me start with her voice on this record. It's infectious and delicious. I think it's in a class of its own, and is showcased and highlighted on this album beautifully. This album concentrates on an old-school feel....very sultry, seductive, and sexy. The instruments from her live-band on certain songs accentuate her vocals, and bring listeners into a eclectic, postmodern feel. On other songs, the bass flows fluently with her words.

Her last album, the dance/electronica gem 'Flesh Tone,' was solid and had me hooked from my first listen.
This album is a huge departure from that category. But, I wouldn't expect Kelis to make 'Flesh Tone Part 2.'
This album has left me fulfilled, in awe of Kelis, and the risk-taking she continually embarks on in her musical career.

Favorites on Food: Breakfast (should be a single), Jerk Ribs, Forever Be (another single potential), Floyd, Runnin', Hooch, Cobbler, Friday Fish Fry, Rumble.

Enjoy it!
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