Currently Digging: Kelis – Flesh Tone

We all know Kelis as the girl that brought all the boys to the yard via her milkshake, but you wouldn’t correlate her past with her present after hearing her latest effort Flesh Tone.  Most critics have mentioned, when reviewing this new album, that Kelis recently went through a bitter divorce and had a child.  She has been branded as a new woman, with a renewed purpose and a complete musical makeover.

And that’s all pretty much true.  While we certainly can’t predict the future sounds this starlet will bring us (whose musical tendencies are sporadic, unpredictable, and always exciting), this time around she has traded in the slick post-R&B style for a Euro-pop, space-age approach.  And because the songwriting is pristine and the hooks are focused, it totally works.  The lyrics are poignant, emotional, and obviously dedicated to her new love – her child.  And while the words are sentimental, the beats are overpowering.  Never has a sweet dedication to one’s baby been so damn danceable.

Kelis – Home

Kelis – Acapella

Kelis – Song For the Baby

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