Flesh Tone: How amazing is it?

Very.

US based singer Kelis is back with her 5th Studio album Flesh Tone. A continuous mix of modern and progressive dance, Kelis leaves her old style and sound in the past. After a having a baby and going through a messy divorce, the Milkshake singer has written a break-up record with a difference. Staying away from the simple ‘I hate you’ and ‘You’re a dickhead’ songs, Kelis captures a maturity and confidence which simply tells you, I’m standing tall and moving on.

The Intro is simple but sets the mood perfectly, letting you know the Hip Hop/Pop is gone and that like a lot of American artists these days, Kelis has made a Electro record. 22nd century is an uplifting track picked straight out of Roisin Murphy’s back-catologue, with a few Who-Hoo’s this song moistens your appetite in anticipation of what’s next.

The new single 4th of July is an extremely catchy song produced by Ammo, an up and coming mix master singed to Dr.Luke’s Publishing label. A total Club Record.

Home to me is the biggest song on the album, peaking synths, production by Freeschool, this song is marketable Eurotrance. Along the lines of Tiesto, it would be a great single. Insert an extremely cool segue and then comes the big sounds of the lead single Acapella. This song didn’t grab my attention at first, with time it has grown on me and now I think it’s AMAZING!

Scream is another track produced by David Guetta, compared to Acapella, Scream has the sound for which Guetta in known for. Round Beats, Sweeping percussion and high-pitched stings. Emancipate has much more of an American 80’s sound to it, reminds me of Janet and is probably the closet thing to her previous work Kelis has on this record.

With Brave Kelis talks about where she is now, ‘All of this pain you had given ,It’s just a reminder of livin, It was crazy, had a baby,He’s amazin, he saved me’. Which continues into my favorite lyrics of the album, ‘I was super cool, But now I’m super strong, I had nothing to loose, But I was super wrong’. I just like the word Super…

This very short album, 37min, finishes with the somewhat groovy Song For The Baby, which is pretty self explanatory.

A fast paced, in your face and progressive LP from Kelis has added her to my list of favorites. Flesh Tone is strong, surprisingly lyrically driven and one of the records of the year.

NL2T Rating: Album: 4.5/5

22nd Century-

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Home-

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