Kelis Was Here

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Kelis Was Here
Studio album by Kelis
Released August 22, 2006 (2006-08-22)
Recorded October 2004 – June 2006
Genre R&B[1]
Length 72:42
Label LaFace, Jive
Producer Bangladesh, Bloodshy & Avant, Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Cool & Dre, Dr. Luke, Damon Elliott, Sean Garrett, Cee-Lo Green, Jake and the Phatman, Knobody, Max Martin, Polow da Don, Raphael Saadiq, Scott Storch, Teddy "Bear", will.i.am
Kelis chronology
Tasty
(2003)
Kelis Was Here
(2006)
Flesh Tone
(2010)
Singles from Kelis Was Here
  1. "Bossy"
    Released: January 31, 2006
  2. "Blindfold Me"
    Released: October 3, 2006
  3. "Lil Star"
    Released: February 19, 2007

Kelis Was Here is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Kelis, released August 22, 2006, on LaFace Records and Jive Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at various recording studios, namely Bangladesh Studios, Battery Studios, Blakeslee Recording Company, Blue Basement Recordings, Chalice Recording Studios, Doppler Studios, Glenwood Place Studios, The Hit Factory Criteria, Ocean Way Recording, The Record Plant, Right Track Recording, Sony Music Studios, and Westlake Audio.[2]

It features production by Bangladesh, Raphael Saadiq, Max Martin, Sean Garrett, and Scott Storch, among others, and also features collaborations with will.i.am, Nas, Cee-Lo, Too Short, and Spragga Benz. The album was nominated for the Best Contemporary R&B Album category at the 2007 Grammy Awards and is notable for being the first Kelis record to feature no production from long-time collaborators The Neptunes.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album's lead single, "Bossy", features rapper Too Short and was a successful hit. It was a slow burner in the US but eventually was certified multi platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in December 2006. It broke into the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100 to peak at number sixteen. The second single from the album in the US, "Blindfold Me", featuring Nas, peaked at number ninety-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs but never made it onto the Hot 100. The second international single was "Lil Star" which features Cee-Lo of the Gnarls Barkley fame and earned Kelis her highest chart entries since 2004's "Millionaire". "Lil Star" climbed to number three on the UK Singles Chart selling over 118,000 copies and was also a hit in Ireland reaching the number-two position.

Due to the use of "I Don't Think So" in a promotional advertising for Big Brother Australia 2008, the song charted on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart on April 21, 2008 at number forty-nine based on digital download sales alone. The following week it rose twenty places to number twenty-nine, ultimately peaking at number twenty-seven.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number ten on the US Billboard 200 and at number six on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with more than 58,000 units sold within its first week of release, making it Kelis' best-charting album to date. Nevertheless, sales declined soon and the album fell quickly off the chart after its sixth week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Kelis Was Here has sold 160,000 copies in the United States as of June 2008.

The album did not have much better success internationally, although it was ceritifed silver by the British Phonographic Industry on September 29, 2006 for shipping over 60,000 copies within the United Kingdom.

Despite low sales, the album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Although not her first nomination, it was Kelis' first album to be nominated for a Grammy Award (her 2004 nomination was for her song "Milkshake" in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[1]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[6]
NME 7/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 6/10[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]

Kelis Was Here received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 70, based on 23 reviews.[13] Ann Powers from the Los Angeles Times praised its eclectic music and said that it "mines a memory of R&B as the playground of category-dismantling individualists."[6] NME magazine wrote that it feels like "a wildly ambitious Warhol-esque art project."[7] Kelefa Sanneh from The New York Times described the album as "typically garish and glorious", with sounds that range from "space-age hip-hop ... to space-age guitar pop".[14] Q magazine said that the album is "chock-full of surreal soul diamonds."[9] Pitchfork Media's Tim Finney wrote that, like Wanderland, the album is "formally varied but feels consistent—even monochrome in parts."[8] In a review for The Observer, Peter Robinson commented that the album "occasionally misfires ... but there's still sass and creativity here."[11] MSN Music's Robert Christgau gave Kelis Was Here a one-star honorable mention,[15] indicating "a worthy effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well like."[16] He cited "Blindfold Me" and "What's That Right There" as highlights, and quipped, "Good for sex and not much else, which in a fantasy object is plenty."[15]

In a mixed review, Slant Magazine critic Preston Jones said that, although it is "an intriguing mishmash of sounds, beats, and vocal affectations", the album is "far too long" and lacks a song on-par with "Milkshake".[10] Chris Salmon of The Guardian wrote that without the Neptunes, "contributors such as Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am and Ludacris producer Shondrae reject all subtlety for songs that caricature Kelis as sexy, bolshy and not much else. The results are shallow and unconvincing, driven by the kind of brash holler and breathy schmaltz you would expect from J-Lo or Pussycat Dolls (complete with the rubbish guest raps)."[5] Mikael Wood of Spin said that Kelis "consolidates" her previous "allure" and "turns up sex, turns down sass".[17] Andy Kellman of Allmusic felt that it lacks first-rate material and "the range of emotions to match the varied backdrops."[4] Quentin B. Huff of PopMatters argued that "[t]he songs are individually good, but don't really sound like they should have been grouped together on an album."[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"       1:27
2. "Bossy" (featuring Too Short) Kelis Rogers-Jones, Shondrae Crawford, Todd Shaw, Sean Garrett Bangladesh, Garrett (co.) 4:34
3. "What's That Right There"   Rogers-Jones, William Adams, Jr., Keith Harris, George Clinton III, Philippé Wynne will.i.am 4:17
4. "Till the Wheels Fall Off"   Rogers-Jones, Adams, George Pajon Jr., Harris, Printz Board will.i.am 4:13
5. "Living Proof"   Raphael Saadiq, Robert Ozuna Saadiq, Jake and the Phatman (co.) 3:41
6. "Blindfold Me"   Garrett, Jamal Jones Polow da Don, Garrett 3:48
7. "Goodbyes"   Rogers-Jones, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano Cool & Dre 4:42
8. "Trilogy"   Rogers-Jones, Scott Storch, Jason Boyd Storch, Boyd (co.) 3:56
9. "Circus"   Rogers-Jones, Saadiq, Ozuna Saadiq, Jake and the Phatman (co.) 4:40
10. "Weekend" (featuring will.i.am) Rogers-Jones, Adams, Harris will.i.am 4:42
11. "Like You"   Rogers-Jones, Jerome Foster Knobody 3:00
12. "Aww S***!" (featuring Smoke) Crawford, Shanell Woodgett, Tamika Means Bangladesh 4:09
13. "Lil Star" (featuring Cee-Lo) Rogers-Jones, Thomas Callaway Cee-Lo Green 4:55
14. "I Don't Think So"   Rogers-Jones, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald Martin, Dr. Luke 3:02
15. "Handful"   Rogers-Jones, Garrett, Crawford, Boyd Bangladesh 2:59
16. "Appreciate Me"   Rogers-Jones, Damon Elliott Elliott, Teddy "Bear" (co.) 4:02
17. "Have a Nice Day" (with one minute of silence following) Elliott, Greco Burratto Elliott 6:33
18. "Fuck Them Bitches" (hidden track) Adams, Pajon will.i.am 3:49
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United States[4] August 22, 2006 LaFace Records, Jive Records
Canada[34] Sony BMG
Germany[35] September 7, 2006 EMI
Netherlands[36] September 8, 2006
United Kingdom[37] September 11, 2006 Virgin Records
Sweden[38] September 13, 2006 EMI
Italy[39] September 15, 2006
Australia[40] September 16, 2006
Japan[41] September 29, 2006

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