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The record's tracks still retain their chrome-bright beats and thundering bumps, though they seem a little less fresh than they did on the first album. Some of it sounds the same, but not annoyingly so, and her daring lyrics (her strength) and voice catapult most of the tracks above the norm, which for her was already a bit left-of-center.
Get it. If you're a fan, you're already missing out on the kind of stuff you said you liked when you bought her first one. If your'e not a fan, listen to it first, then buy it anyway. It'll make you seem cool and un-average, but not in the weird way cubist art or mismatched socks do.
Just last year I gave the album a second listen due to the fact that the producers of the album are the red hot producers The Neptunes who I became a big fan of. I actually appreciated the album more. I snapped up the chance to get the new album "Wanderland" because I knew the producing duo would deliver again. And yes they have. "Wanderland" is hands down one of the most innovative albums of 2001.
It looks like Kelis was looking to prove she was capable of more than just singing hooks on Neptunes produced rap songs. Her voice is smooth, and her lyrical style has matured. She shares writing credits on the majority of the album with The Neptunes. Her sound is now funky, like some 80's retrograde stuff, but we all know the 80's have been making a bit of a resurgence. Her songs are also well crafted. With cool verses and even better bridges.
On "Young, Fresh n' New" she starts out yelling but when the bridge comes her voice is soft angelic eventhough she is saying repeatedly "got to get away, runaway from home."
"Flash Back" is a fast little song that is typical Neptunes. It's not bad at all but one wishes that the duo would have saved the funky song they produced for Britney Spears "Boys" for Kelis.
"Daddy" starts out sounding like a striped down version of "I'm a Slave 4 U" but turns out to be one of the albums better songs.Read more ›
What more can anyone else expect from her fine & sometimes weird songs. Her debut effort "Kaleidoscope" was a breaker album which gave us a deep view into Kelis' life, such as relationships, parties & sex.
In her 2nd highly anticipated album "Wanderland", Kelis doesn't fail to deliver the urban style she is well known for killer tracks such as the lead single "Young Fresh N New" make Kelis my favourite R&B artist to incorporate angst/rock into her music.
The sophomore jinx is never a term that dares to frighten this record. Kelis pens a majority of the album's material and displays a surprising array of charisma and vocal growth. Already a household name overseas, the Harlem-bred R&B-er has yet to receive the same love stateside. Though widely remembered for her first single "Caught Out There," she has an arsenal of work that would put her contemporaries to shame.
Conceptually, Wanderland is a dizzyingly fun ride through an alternate universe, one unlike those cluttering the airwaves of urban radio. Equipped with a comprehensive range, Wanderland leads the listener from the heights of sonic pleasure to deepness of the albums two sociopolitical pieces "Little Suzie" and "Mr. UFO Man." Both songs serve as forward-thinking social commentary on the chaotic situation of our millennial world ("What if the holy Trinity was Christians, Muslims, Jews / Yet we bomb each other for coverage on the news") - written surprisingly before the attacks of Sept. 11.
In contrast, the elated erotica of the record is both rich and playful. Kelis takes on many masks, from the Blondie-esque rap narrative of "Daddy" to the pun-filled frolic "Flashback" ("You make me come ... alive"). The dichotomy of sex 'n' religion is one we haven't seen pulled off so well since Prince.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love all of Kelis's work; this album just didn't make as much of an impression on me as her other work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dancer123
This is a must have collectors item for all music lovers. It is the most bizarre album I've ever experienced and that's a good thing, bravo, Kelis!Published on June 20, 2014 by Tyrashornique
I was actually privileged enough to be in the UK when the CD was released, it wasnt released in the states and it is one of her best to date. Love ItPublished on April 3, 2014 by Vonnie White