April 21st, marks the first album Kelis has released since 2010.
Following the forward thinking Flesh Tone, Food is gearing up to be one solid release from the alternative star.
The sad thing about Kelis is that she fell off of the mainstream radar after ‘Milkshake’ dropped off the charts. This lead her into label drama, dropping, and switching. Even with all of this, she has consistently delivered solid music.
‘Bossy’ is a classic.
Food marks her second venture on a independent label, which means more creative control on her end. Kelis is the kind of artist who reinvents herself with each album, and from what we know about Food, this could be her best one yet.
Kelis always releases music that is current, but pushes it’s sound as far as she can.
Her last album, Flesh Tone, was a perfect example of this. It was a dance album that didn’t rely on the beats, but on Kelis’ voice and melodies. Songs like ‘Acapella’ and and ‘4th of July (Fireworks)’ sounded better than any of the generic Startrek pop on the radio at the time.
And lets be honest, Kelis made the album with Will.I.Am and anyone who can make him sound anything but basic should be celebrated.
‘Jerk Ribs’ sounds a lot like what Pharrell is producing on the radio right now.
It has that old school vibe that everyone’s loving right. Plus Kelis sounds the best she has in years.
I don’t know how to explain her voice. It’s like raspy air being dragged along railroad tracks, in a good way of course.
The album was produced by Dave Stiek, mainly know for his work with the Yeah,Yeah,Yeahs.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, nothing will be better for music then bringing instruments back to the radio.
The whole album was recorded with a live band, which is where most of the old school vibes come from. If the rest of the album sounds anything like ‘Jerk Ribs’ the. I’d say we’re in good hands.
Bottom line, Kelis is a trendsetter. Just pull a google search up about her influence. Artists like Rihanna and Lady Gaga have been following her for years. She’s not afraid to release the music she wants, even if it won’t get played on the radio.
It would do you some good to get to know her again. She’s not the same since she’s brought the boys to the yard.