August 27, 2006
Review: Kelis puts the shimmy in your cocoa pop.
The Kelis album is out now and its damn good. Period. Kelis has enough personality /smarts to work with a Humvee-full of producers and still sound like herself (unlike some other artists I have complaint with at the moment - hear me JT and JJ?). Yes, it is too long, but I just deleted about six songs from my iPod; someone else can have those and I'll stick with these favorites...
What's That Right There? What's this right here? Oh. This ain't nuthin' but a little sumtin' dat I got. This song should be titled "Hiding My Candy." It could easily be about tranny hooker who has picked up a john who -wink wink- likes a pretty lady. You know, with tiny lady testicles. Seriously, what exactly is she singing about ? An extremely large clitoris? A piercing? Big ol' badonkadonk? Whatever, it's damned catchy.
Till The Wheels Fall Off I love the whole I'm serious I'm serious refrain which I find myself repeating in my head. This is more of a groove than a song, but it encapsulates Kelis' weird merging of guitar rock, hip hop and old school soul horns.
Living Proof Kelis fans know that there is always something sweet on her records - she comes across as a wise city girl (in fuck-me pumps) who would be there for you in a pinch. Don't be fooled by her bravado or her grillz, she is an honest chick. Actually, I have no fucking clue, I'm just extrapolating from her music. Kelis, call me!
Lil Star Ms. Jones collaboration with Cee-Lo Green, the voice/soul of Gnarles Barkley is some fantastic shit. A big Camberwell carrot of a song! A soul classic that marches through its verses (carrying the star metaphor all the way) to a lovely caramel chorus supplied by Cee-Lo. I love the end of those choruses: Cause in the dark of night night you're all I can see and you sure look like a star to me. Instant pleasure.
Blindfold Me A bit hardcore for me, but I like this ode to bedroom tricks. Should I get in my Benz and go bounce it up and down at Haines Point (holla Krissy!). Love the bad grammar in the chanted chorus: when he wanted he blindfold me, then I get sexy on!
Circus K's manifesto about her career and the state of the biz. Listen close, Cassie. I like the merry-go-roundish feel to it. Which reminds me, this album does not have any circus barkers inviting you in to the greatest show on Earth - the most trite trick of the year.
I Don't Think So Oh ma gawwww. Like Kelis goes girl on girl with Joan Jett and Pink. Max Martin produced this soon-to-be-radio classic with a phenomenal multi-tracked b-chorus (or is it a middle eight?): you can drive, you can flyyyyy... Just because they want doesn't mean they can have you.
I could go but I will stop there. Please buy Kelis Was Here and support our girl's Louboutin fetish.