Kelis Was Here

  • Record Label: Jive
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2006
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. It's typically garish and glorious.
  2. Spin
    60
    Her... most streamlined effort yet. [Sep 2006, p.104]
  3. The album occasionally misfires... but there's still sass and creativity here.
  4. Sliced in half, Kelis' fourth album would be twice as good. As an EP it would be perfect. But in it's current incarnation, it's one to cherry pick from your favourite download store.
  5. Mojo
    60
    A typical case of slack self-editing... Kelis was here too long, frankly. [Nov 2006, p.101]
  6. Kelis Was Here sounds like a talented, left-field hip-hop diva in a holding pattern, concerned about her legacy but uncertain as to how to go about cementing it.
  7. Her multitudinous influences, free from the collagen that an omnipresent production team offered, have dissolved and separated out of their former matrix, the subsequent runny blotches of genre-hashing burbling up to fill Kelis Was Here with rubbish that has no discernible order.
  8. Bloated with ideas and parsimonious with tunes.
  9. A bloated 77-minute collection that badly mistakes quantity for quality.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Aug 15, 2013
    9
    This is Kelis' best album yet! Kelis will always be the best R&B singer. The best tracks are "I Don't Think So", "Circus", "What's That RightThis is Kelis' best album yet! Kelis will always be the best R&B singer. The best tracks are "I Don't Think So", "Circus", "What's That Right There", and, of course, "Bossy". Full Review »
  2. Lisa
    Nov 26, 2006
    10
    This is one of the best albums that I have bought in a long time. This album may not be pure genius, but her hooks are captivating and so are This is one of the best albums that I have bought in a long time. This album may not be pure genius, but her hooks are captivating and so are her beats. But what I really like is Kelis' smooth voice. It's just so smooth and easy over whatever she sings. I can't get her songs out of my head. I find myself listening to the album over and over again. My Favorites: Like You, Awww $hit, Living Proof, Till the Wheels Fall Off, Handful, Lil Star, Handful, I Don't Think So, Circus, Trilogy, Goodbyes, Blindfold Me, & What's That Right There. & no you guys I did not just name the whole album. Full Review »
  3. Gonzalo
    Nov 18, 2006
    10
    Believe it or not this album shows that she can do whatever she wants. the problem: lack of promotion. it´s even better than other Believe it or not this album shows that she can do whatever she wants. the problem: lack of promotion. it´s even better than other girls like beyonce, fergie.... the problem is that she do it as really artist and she says what the others wished to but are ofraid of... Full Review »