Kaleidoscope (Kelis album)

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Kaleidoscope
Studio album by Kelis
Released December 7, 1999 (1999-12-07)
Recorded 1998–1999;
Master Sound Recording Studio, Windmark Recording
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Genre R&B, alternative hip hop
Length 61:37
Label Virgin
Producer The Neptunes
Kelis chronology
Kaleidoscope
(1999)
Wanderland
(2001)
Singles from Kaleidoscope
  1. "Caught out There"
    Released: September 19, 1999
  2. "Good Stuff"
    Released: November 2, 1999
  3. "Get Along with You"
    Released: February 17, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Melody Maker 3/5 stars[4]
NME (9/10)[5]
PopMatters (mixed)[6]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin (6/10)[8]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[9]

Kaleidoscope is the debut album by American recording artist Kelis. Produced by The Neptunes, it was released in the United States on December 7, 1999 by Virgin Records. Despite underperforming in Kelis' home country, the album saw mild success in certain international markets, including the United Kingdom, where it charted at number forty-three and was certified gold.

Album information[edit]

The album's lead single, "Caught out There", was a modest urban radio success and a video hit on MTV and BET in the US. The album debuted at number 149 on the Billboard 200 and number twenty-three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 12,423 copies in its opening week. The album sold just over 281,000 units in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Kaleidoscope fared better in Europe, where all three singles, "Caught out There", "Good Stuff", and "Get Along with You" were sizable hits. The British Phonographic Industry certified Kaleidoscope gold for shipments in excess of 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.

After "Caught out There" reached number fifty-two on the UK Singles Chart on imports alone, the single was given a proper release in the UK, eventually peaking at number four. "Good Stuff" also proved a modest hit, securing a number-nineteen position on the UK chart. The third and final single from the album, "Get Along with You", was her first solo release to miss the top forty, reaching number fifty-one.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"     1:55
2. "Good Stuff" (featuring Terrar)   3:52
3. "Caught out There"     4:51
4. "Get Along with You"     4:27
5. "Mafia" (featuring Markita)   4:18
6. "Game Show"     5:04
7. "Suspended"   Williams, Hugo, Kelis Rogers 4:53
8. "Mars"     5:15
9. "Ghetto Children" (featuring Marc Dorsey and N.E.R.D) Williams, Hugo, Ricky Walters 4:48
10. "I Want Your Love"     4:14
11. "No Turning Back"     4:10
12. "Roller Rink"   Williams, Hugo, Rogers 4:58
13. "In the Morning"   Williams, Hugo, Rogers 4:20
14. "Wouldn't You Agree" (featuring Justin Vince)   4:32
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States December 7, 1999 Virgin Records
Canada EMI
United Kingdom February 17, 2000 Virgin Records
Switzerland February 21, 2000 EMI
Germany February 24, 2000
Japan March 8, 2000
Australia April 17, 2000

References[edit]

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