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Kelis

  • Kaleidoscope [Virgin, 1999] A-
  • Kelis Was Here [LaFace, 2006] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Kaleidoscope [Virgin, 1999]
Kaleidoscopic not as in psychedelic--this is pop funk straight up--but as in changeable, hard to get a bead on. Beyond male-identified, that is. The many moods of Kelis only begin with the hissy fit she's gone pop with (which, I should mention, is about as riot-grrrl as Gwen Stefani on a bad hair day). She stands by her man, reasons with her man, lies for her man, watches TV alongside her man, loads his gun, fucks him in the window, hopes he misses his damn plane. She thinks about ghetto boys and girls, she thinks about outer space, and mainly she thinks about her man. Why else would she get so mad at him? A-

Kelis Was Here [LaFace, 2006]
Good for sex and not much else, which in a fantasy object is plenty ("Blindfold Me," "What's That Right There"). *