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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the New York R&B singer was produced by Dave Sitek with guest appearances from CSS and Priscilla Ahn.
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It's the strangest thing To have you back in my face With all those years passed I guess I just got used to my space I don't know how to feel This... See the rest of the song lyrics

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. If music be the food of love, Kelis has cooked up something tasty enough to satisfy all but the hungriest of hearts.
  2. Apr 21, 2014
    88
    Just as eating well should be a sensual experience, this album layers its flavors.
  3. 80
    Even when tracks are slowed down, momentum is kept up through classic, subtle funk elements and hints of gospel-music playing behind.
  4. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    Food feels like a full-fledged look at the life, pleasures and pains of Kelis, something none of her old records ever really delivered.
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    70
    Whether making us dance or encouraging us to think, Kelis is always out to fatten us up with her musical menu.
  6. Apr 30, 2014
    63
    It's to Kelis' boundless credit that she can make the twee screw of “Floyd” or the passive attack trip-hop of “Runnin” feel warmly human just by doing her best to overpower it--even as the music tries, and nearly succeeds, in overpowering her.
  7. Apr 21, 2014
    30
    Food is another sad testament to how the squares have won and how we’re all likely to capitulate at one point or another to the dictates of the majority.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 16, 2014
    10
    "Food" is one of the most perfect album of the year! Kelis did something creative with so many inspiration. A title that look so normal, but"Food" is one of the most perfect album of the year! Kelis did something creative with so many inspiration. A title that look so normal, but what have a greatest content than other actuality musics. Food's Pop is just a kind of originality. This one can satisfy all hungry soul. Expand
  2. Apr 24, 2014
    10
    Listen, this album is everything and this review here proves why FOOD is possibly Kelis' best album and is defiantly already in the runningListen, this album is everything and this review here proves why FOOD is possibly Kelis' best album and is defiantly already in the running for album of the year! http://fourplayblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/fourplays-album-review-kelis-food.html Expand
  3. Apr 22, 2014
    10
    This new album is too amazing for words. Since her past record, Flesh Tone, Kelis has managed to switch it up again using a theme that is alsoThis new album is too amazing for words. Since her past record, Flesh Tone, Kelis has managed to switch it up again using a theme that is also a main part of her life now, which is food! This album is full of sass & attitude, but also obviously conveys love. Expand
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    9
    Kelis' most consistent release since "Tasty." "Milkshake" brought that album the attention it needed; take it away, and you're left with anKelis' most consistent release since "Tasty." "Milkshake" brought that album the attention it needed; take it away, and you're left with an incredibly strong piece of work. "Kelis Was Here" was a hodgepodge of R&B, hip-hop, and soulful mess, while "Fleshtone" was a cohesive exploration of EDM. Now, we're back to soulful R&B, vintage production, meaningful lyrics, and strong vocals from Kelis, a voice that sounds like it's deep-fried and downed with a pint of beer and finished off with a cigarette (seriously, someone should patent that vocal tone). Standout tracks include "Biscuits 'N Gravy," "Cobbler, "Floyd," and "Forever Be." Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    9
    This is a truly phenomenal album. I was a fan of Flesh Tone, but this new direction comes as a huge improvement. I hope this record gets theThis is a truly phenomenal album. I was a fan of Flesh Tone, but this new direction comes as a huge improvement. I hope this record gets the recognition it deserves. Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2014
    8
    Se eu pudesse fazer com que todos que leem esse humilde blog seguisse de fato minhas dicas, eu iria criar uma lista de dez artistas que vocêSe eu pudesse fazer com que todos que leem esse humilde blog seguisse de fato minhas dicas, eu iria criar uma lista de dez artistas que você precisa escutar e gostar. Um desses artistas com certeza seria a cantora Kelis. Mais conhecida pelo sucesso Milkshake de 2003, Kelis tem uma carreira praticamente irrepreensível desde a sua estreia em 1999. Sempre seguindo no caminho mais R&B/soul a cantora também se arriscou e se saiu extremamente bem no eletrônico com o lançamento do sensacional Flesh Tone em 2010. Quatro anos depois, Kelis está de volta a música e ao estilo que sempre carregou com maestria com o lançamento do ótimo Food.

    Produzido exclusivamente por Dave Sitek (conceituado produtor conhecido pelo trabalho com a banda Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Food é um excelente trabalho que tem a capacidade de se exceder todas as bases primarias sem grandes arrombos de criatividade. A sonoridade básica do trabalho é o soul, mas nas mãos de Dave as canções ganharam um verniz mais alternativo e menos comercial. Adicionando toques de eletrônico vindos do trabalho anterior de Kelis dão um toque mais apurado para as canções. Apesar da construção da sonoridade ser refinada e de uma inteligência inegável o que chama atenção nas faixas e, na verdade, a excepcional instrumentalização feita. Cuidadosa em todos os detalhes e rica em quantidade e qualidade, os músicos por trás estão de parabéns por um trabalho que pouco se ouve no mundo mainstream e, em alguns casos, no mundo mais alternativo. Kelis é dona de uma voz tão crua com seu tom rouco que não precisa de muito para brilhar. Em Food, além de ouvirmos esse maravilho tom, Kelis contempla quem ouve com performances sensacionais, versáteis e explodindo de personalidade por todos os lados. Mesmo com temas seguros e composições sólidas o álbum é uma lição de como fazer do simples obras impecáveis e poderosas. Food é o tipo de álbum que precisa ser ouvido integralmente para poder desfrutar todas as qualidades, mas tenho que fazer uma observação: no começo da faixa Cobbler é possível ouvir vozes femininas e, depois, da Kelis falando em português. Essas vozes são do grupo brasileiro CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy). Mesmo não podendo fazer quem lê esse blog seguir qualquer coisa que escrevo espero que essa resenha seja capaz de fazer alguém ouvir Food e conhecer a Kelis. Assim espero.
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  7. Apr 22, 2014
    4
    As I predicted, Food was going to be a big disappointment. After listening to the album, I stand not corrected as the album was to be honest,As I predicted, Food was going to be a big disappointment. After listening to the album, I stand not corrected as the album was to be honest, dull. The only track worth listening to was 'Bless the Telephone'. I suggest Kelis returns to electronic music, because this album is not cutting it. She has a very unique voice, I must say.... Expand

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