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Harlem-bred vocalist Kelis left her parents’ home at 16, but continued her education at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. 2 years later with the support of producers The Neptunes, she landed herself a recording deal. In mid-1999, Kelis was singing alongside rap trouble- maker Ol’ Dirty Bastard on his cut “Got Your ... Read more in Amazon's Kelis Store

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of her best albums.
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The horns are all over this album, and they work extremely well with her gritty vocals.
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I recommend this album...you wont be disappointed.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter on April 23, 2014
Format: Audio CD
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.

Although Kelis has yet to receive the acclaim she deserves, with this new set of songs she gives another dynamic to her already multi-faceted portfolio.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TROYWD22 on April 22, 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Stolk on May 5, 2014
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On her sixth album "Food," Kelis pleases our music-buds with some tasty tunes served on a R&B platter, the 13 dishes served with some Afro-beat, funk, gospel and Memphis soul flavors, with a sprinkling of jazzy horns and a dollop of electro-pop. Her husky, weathered voice is well-suited with this material. Kelis's four year old son Knight Jones opens the album with the lines: "Hey guys! Are you hungry? My mom made food!" Here's what's on the menu:

First dish served is "Breakfast," a gospel-ish track filled with bass, horns and whistles. Next on the menu is "Jerk Ribs." This funky track has a real `60s/70s soul-vibe, and as she sings "This is what it looks like" the horns provide the necessary big band feel. The soulful piano-ballad "Forever Be" with a sprinkling of synth, is the straightest pop-song on the album, another track infused with bass, horns and strings. This is followed by the slow jam of the seductive blues ballad "Floyd" as she sings: "I want to be blown away, Blow me away."

Kelis turns up the heat with the sultry, mid-tempo ballad "Runnin'." Next song, and probably the funkiest track on this album, is the horn-filled funk anthem "Hooch," one that is perfectly suited to Kelis's husky voice. This is followed by the up-tempo "Cobbler," another funky, dance-floor ready track with a strong James Brown-vibe (great song, although I disliked the high notes near the end). There is also one cover on this album, an acoustic version of Labi Siffre's 1971 song "Bless The Telephone," a duet with Sal Masekela that has a folksy, almost Simon and Garfunkel-ish vibe.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Bradley on April 26, 2014
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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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