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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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Artistically refreshing from the norm. I love Kelis' transition in to a new genre.Published 8 months ago by TechGuy
Eh. I heard her on NPR and figured I would love a whole collection of her music...was nothing stellar to me.Published 16 months ago by Meta R.
kelis is very creative. and this album is gold. kelis is truly amazing. please buy her album.Published 20 months ago by david capel