Flesh Tone

  • Record Label: A&M
  • Release Date: Jul 6, 2010
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    Long-time Kelis fans might be initially surprised at the sonic switch-up-it's more dance than quirky R&B-but there's something totally right about the way Kelis tackles electronic music.
  2. Buoyed by a favorable divorce settlement, a baby boy and a newly released high-energy dance album, Flesh Tone, the recently single Kelis is ready to bring the boys back to the yard.
  3. Does pregnancy turn R&B singers into robots? First Christina Aguilera went cyborg for her post-baby album Bionic, and now Kelis has gone Robo-Mom on this tribute to her infant son, Flesh Tone, which blends awesomely sweaty urban pop with cold Eurodisco.
  4. Whether or not Flesh Tone remains a stylistic outlier, the disc will always be a bright standout in Kelis' discography.
  5. Kelis's honey-husky voice slips easily into the hypnotic repetitions of dance music vocalisation; she uses the classic language of love songs and the soaring declarations of generalized euphoria particular to house music.
  6. While the sound of Flesh Tone is electro cool, the songs reveal a deep humanity.
  7. Kelis. Genius. Pop auteur. Credible diva. Welcome back.
  8. As with her previous records, her fifth studio album doesn't sound like anyone else – she and producers David Guetta, Benny Benassi and others have concocted a dance, cosmic techno and R&B mix that's stamped with her unique take on things
  9. These songs, for all their Top 40 disco glitter (will.i.am. signed her to his label and executive-produces here), compel with their tradeoffs between vulnerability and euphoria, though if you aren't paying attention, they're slick enough to pass as merely exceptional pop-radio or club-floor fodder.
  10. It's clear that Kelis has carved out a new niche for herself, dancing in front of the turntables till the lights come on, if they dare.
  11. Whatever her bad luck might be down to, Kelis can take some small comfort in having made her best album since Kaleidoscope.
  12. Perhaps the most fascinating aspects of Flesh Tone are the songs named 'Segue 1', 'Segue 2' and so on through to 'Segue 6' which are positioned to avoid gaps between songs. They're the album's most imaginative moments, and suggest that although Kelis is refining her sound to become queen of the disco, there's still dozens of ideas waiting to announce themselves.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 3, 2010
    10
    Far the best Kelis album, It is completely different from her previous albums but in a good way. All tracks compliment each other and flowFar the best Kelis album, It is completely different from her previous albums but in a good way. All tracks compliment each other and flow brilliantly. Kelis is one of those artist that I believe don't get enough recognition and she deserves so much more. Intro, Fireworks (4th of July), Acapella, 22nd Century & Brave are my top tracks. Should be on your iPod! Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2011
    10
    Having not really been a fan of Kelis I didnt really plan on buying this album. After 'Acapella' and '4th Of July' I downloaded it and WOW!Having not really been a fan of Kelis I didnt really plan on buying this album. After 'Acapella' and '4th Of July' I downloaded it and WOW! One of the greatest albums I've ever bought!!! Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2015
    8
    Flesh Tone was one of the best listening experiences of 2010. I love nearly all of the songs on here. Kelis changes her direction with nearlyFlesh Tone was one of the best listening experiences of 2010. I love nearly all of the songs on here. Kelis changes her direction with nearly every album, and this album is no exception. The dance songs here take some getting used to: they're not generic mainstream dance songs. They're unique, they combine Kelis' lyrical concept with production that is definitely interesting: it shows the talents of many producers such as the Benassi Bros. and will.i.am. This album is unlike any dance album ever created. And the segues work extremely well too. There are a few songs on here I don't love (but still like) and the album should be a bit longer, but overall this is an impressive effort and unlike anything I have ever heard before. Grade: A-. Highlights: "Home", "Acapella", "Emancipate" and the segues. Worst song: "Scream" Full Review »