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Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: The singer's fourth album features production from will.i.am, Cee-Lo, Linda Perry, Max Martin and Raphael Saadiq (but, for the first time, not the Neptunes). Husband Nas also guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Few artists could line up an ode to bondage right next to a love song so sweet that it could be played at a wedding or invoke Joan Jett right after sharing a cosmic trip with Cee-Lo. That's what Kelis does here. [20 Aug 2006]
  2. The songs are individually good, but don't really sound like they should have been grouped together on an album.
  3. Kelis is blessed with a unique voice. [Nov 2006, p.143]
  4. Kelis... raps, rants and successfully maintains her spacey freakiness while sailing out into even radio-friendlier waters.
  5. The result? An album that could just as easily bear the name of any other pop singer working the charts today.
  6. 60
    A typical case of slack self-editing... Kelis was here too long, frankly. [Nov 2006, p.101]
  7. A bloated 77-minute collection that badly mistakes quantity for quality.

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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 Right There", and, of course, "Bossy". Expand

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