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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.

Top Track

Lil Star
There is nothing special about me I am just a lil star If it seems like I'm shining it's probably A reflection of something you already are I forget... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Los Angeles Times
    88
    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. Q Magazine
    80
    Kelis is blessed with a unique voice. [Nov 2006, p.143]
  3. The results are not quite Tasty, but they're pretty damn close.
  4. Kelis is one of the mainstream's most exciting artists right now, and she continues to defy expectations with Kelis Was Here.
  5. The result? An album that could just as easily bear the name of any other pop singer working the charts today.
  6. Spin
    60
    Her... most streamlined effort yet. [Sep 2006, p.104]
  7. A bloated 77-minute collection that badly mistakes quantity for quality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 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 $hit, Living Proof, Till the Wheels Fall Off, Handful, Lil Star, Handful, I Don't Think So, Circus, Trilogy, Goodbyes, Blindfold Me, & What's That Right There. & no you guys I did not just name the whole album. Expand
  2. angiebe
    Sep 30, 2006
    10
    love this album not as good as tasty but absolutly worth buying and listening to.
  3. TravisH
    Aug 22, 2006
    10
    *****One of her best albums so far... hot beats and great dance music... makes you want to strip and give someone a lapdance Best songs- *****One of her best albums so far... hot beats and great dance music... makes you want to strip and give someone a lapdance Best songs- Bossy Blindfold me Handful Awww S$#%! F$^&%# them B&^ches Expand
  4. Ryan
    Nov 7, 2006
    10
    I have all her albums and this is definitely my favourite. It's young fresh 'n new. So many good songs and it really brings it in I have all her albums and this is definitely my favourite. It's young fresh 'n new. So many good songs and it really brings it in all the genres Kelis rocks on this album. Expand
  5. girlfan
    Sep 5, 2006
    9
    Kelis is HOT! This CD showcases all of her different sounds. She's evolved: soulful, funky, crunk-y, brash, sultry and eclectic. The Kelis is HOT! This CD showcases all of her different sounds. She's evolved: soulful, funky, crunk-y, brash, sultry and eclectic. The production is top-notch; the best of all her albums. She's unique and very comfortable in her difference. Expand
  6. TanyaH
    Sep 6, 2006
    8
    This is an execellent CD for Kelis. She's not putting herself in the cookie cutter mold mold of a "Beyonce" and other like her. This is an execellent CD for Kelis. She's not putting herself in the cookie cutter mold mold of a "Beyonce" and other like her. She's team with some talented producer and came out with a sound of her own, for the grown & sexy people that like to party and not to bubble gum. Great beats!! Expand
  7. keishad
    Sep 17, 2006
    1
    She can do so much better then this garbage.

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