After exploding onto the music
scene some 4 years ago with her mega hit single 'Caught
Out There', from her '99 debut, Kaleidoscope
(remember the chant 'I hate you so much right now!' that everyone
was screaming at the top of their lungs in both the car and clubs
alike), Kelis has been steadily
warming the charts with her sexiness and raw charm in her music.
Her sophomore set 'Wanderland'
was released two years later in Japan but not in the US (do figure?)
and although it was lodged with heavyweight producers like The
Neptunes (who produced the miner hit 'Young,
Fresh & New' among others), the set never found an
audience in it's initial release there or her but may I be so bold
to say that quite frankly America just wasn't ready for the likes
of her music.
With this in mind she returns
in 2003 with her 3rd set (and first for new label Arista)
'Tasty'. Employing the services
of The Neptunes again as well
as Raphael Saadiq and Andre
3000 (of Outkast
fame) to name a few, she doesn't miss a beat as her musical range
is well explored throughout especially the songs produced by Saadiq.
And speaking Raphael
Saadiq, the track on review here today 'Attention'
is one that was produced by the former frontman ofTony,
and features him in the guest vocalist category as well. As is the
norm with Mr. Saadiq, he does the business on the production side
of things. Steadily driven baseline and synthetic cords and a hint
of piano keys are evident throughout and the Bronx native vocal
presence is poignant - full marks.
The album has been out for
a bit and has some choice cuts that beckons your 'Attention'
(get it?) it's definitely one that you should a listen to so do
check it out if or when you get a chance - A TY-D
Listen to Kelis
ft: Raphael Saadiq - 'Attention'