Tasty (Kelis album)

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Tasty
Studio album by Kelis
Released December 5, 2003 (2003-12-05)
Recorded
Genre
Length 51:20
Label
Producer
Kelis chronology
Wanderland
(2001)
Tasty
(2003)
Kelis Was Here
(2006)
Singles from Tasty
  1. "Milkshake"
    Released: August 25, 2003 (2003-08-25)
  2. "Trick Me"
    Released: April 19, 2004 (2004-04-19)
  3. "Millionaire"
    Released: October 18, 2004 (2004-10-18)
  4. "In Public"
    Released: April 4, 2005 (2005-04-04)

Tasty is the third studio album by American recording artist Kelis, released on December 5, 2003 by Star Trak Entertainment and Arista Records. As executive producer, Kelis enlisted previous collaborators The Neptunes to produce the album, as well as new collaborators such as Raphael Saadiq, Dallas Austin, André 3000, Rockwilder, and Dame Blackmon "Grease". It also features guest vocals from Saadiq, André 3000, and then-boyfriend Nas.

The album was met with positive reviews from critics, who praised its originality and viewed it as an improvement on Kelis' previous albums, Kaleidoscope (1999) and Wanderland (2001). Tasty debuted at number twenty-seven on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 93,600 copies, earning Kelis the best sales week of her career in the United States. The album also became her highest-peaking album in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number eleven on the UK Albums Chart. It spawned four singles, including the international hits "Milkshake" and "Trick Me".

Singles[edit]

"Milkshake" was released on August 25, 2003 as the lead single from Tasty.[1] It reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Kelis' highest-peaking single on the chart to date.[2] The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 25, 2004,[3] and has sold 883,000 digital downloads in the United States.[4] "Milkshake" also achieved commercial success internationally, reaching number one on the Irish Singles Chart and number two on the UK Singles Chart,[5][6] as well as peaking inside the top five in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden.[7] The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2004.[8]

"Trick Me" was released on April 19, 2004 as the second single from the album.[9] The track was successful in Europe and Oceania; it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart,[6] while charting inside the top five in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and Norway, and the top ten in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.[5][10]

"Millionaire", which features André 3000, was released as the album's third single on October 18, 2004.[11] The song peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the album's third consecutive top three hit.[6] "Millionaire" attained modest success elsewhere, reaching number eleven in Finland, number twenty-three in Australia, and number twenty-seven in New Zealand.[12]

The album's fourth and final single, "In Public", features Nas and was released on April 4, 2005 solely in the UK.[13] The song reached number seventeen on the UK chart and number twenty-two on the Irish chart.[5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[14]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[15]
Blender 4/5 stars[16]
Entertainment Weekly A−[17]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[18]
The Independent 4/5 stars[19]
NME 8/10[20]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10[21]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[22]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[23]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[24]

Tasty received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 18 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[14] Andy Kellman of AllMusic stated, "Despite all the new assistance, Tasty is formatted much like Kaleidoscope and Wanderland, constantly swinging back and forth between bouncy pop and laid-back (not throwback) soul."[15] Ernest Hardy of Rolling Stone praised Tasty as Kelis' "best work" and wrote, "Take away the Dallas Austin-produced tracks [...], two Neptunes rock attempts and 'Milkshake,' and you have a solid R&B album, one that's thickly speckled with hip-hop influences and nods to early Prince and Eighties Latin freestyle music."[22] Entertainment Weekly '​s Neil Drumming described the album as "Kelis' past—big beats, out-there imagery, and sex appeal—refined" and commented that "much of the beauty of Tasty is in witnessing Kelis rise to the challenge of working with multiple imaginative maestros."[17] In a review for the NME, Tony Naylor found the album to be "[f]ar more complete than Wanderland or Kaleidoscope", adding that "such vacuum-packed musical freshness is maintained throughout."[20]

Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian dubbed Kelis a "parallel universe Beyoncé" and wrote that she "exploits her husky croon like never before, pouring it over lascivious double entendre [...] and, well, lascivious single entrendre", concluding, "She may not be R&B's biggest star, but Kelis remains its most compelling character."[18] The Independent noted that she "certainly takes the sexual initiative in several songs", but "[m]ostly, though, Kelis keeps a watchful eye on her affections in songs such as 'Protect My Heart' and 'Trick Me', and has developed a decidedly jaundiced view of hip hop's lop-sided sexual politics, judging by 'Keep It Down'."[19] Joseph Patel of Blender commented that Kelis is "as good playing a hair-twisting, gum-popping tart on 'Sugar Honey Iced Tea' as an all-grown-up cock-blocker on the crackling funk ditty 'Trick Me.'"[16] Slant Magazine reviewer Sal Cinquemani felt that few of the tracks on the album are "as immediately thirst-quenching as the insta-classic lead single 'Milkshake'",[23] and Pitchfork Media's Scott Plagenhoef opined that Tasty is "far from all doom-and-gloom".[21] Adam Webb of Yahoo! Music expressed that the album is "not as far out wild as Kaleidoscope but it is a consistently inventive and brilliant record."[24] Steve Jones of USA Today viewed that, "guests and idiosyncrasies aside, her honeyed voice is the most important ingredient. It's sweet enough to make you wonder, 'Did she just say that?' No one could ever accuse her of being bland."[25]

Commercial performance[edit]

Tasty debuted at number twenty-seven on the Billboard 200 with 93,600 copies sold in its first week; it gave Kelis the best chart week of her career, and became her second highest-peaking album to date, after Kelis Was Here (2006).[26][27] The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 6, 2004,[28] and had sold 535,000 copies in the United States as of December 2009.[4]

The album debuted at number fifty-three on the UK Albums Chart, climbing to number twenty-one the following week.[29] In its third week on the chart, the album rose to its peak position of number eleven,[30] becoming Kelis' highest-charting album in the UK to date.[31] Tasty was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on October 22, 2004,[32] and by April 2014, it had sold 476,034 copies in the United Kingdom.[33]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"       1:30
2. "Trick Me"   Dallas Austin Austin 3:26
3. "Milkshake"   The Neptunes 3:04
4. "Keep It Down"   Austin 3:26
5. "In Public" (featuring Nas) Rockwilder 4:25
6. "Flashback"  
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Rogers
The Neptunes 3:25
7. "Protect My Heart"  
  • Williams
  • Hugo
The Neptunes 4:24
8. "Millionaire" (featuring André 3000) André 3000 3:44
9. "Glow" (featuring Raphael Saadiq)
4:00
10. "Sugar Honey Iced Tea"  
  • Williams
  • Hugo
The Neptunes 3:23
11. "Attention" (featuring Raphael Saadiq)
  • Saadiq
  • Standridge
  • Ozuna
  • Wooten
  • Rogers
  • Saadiq
  • Jake and the Phatman[a]
  • Wooten[a]
3:24
12. "Rolling Through the Hood"  
  • Williams
  • Hugo
The Neptunes 4:45
13. "Stick Up"   Blackmon 3:51
14. "Marathon"  
  • Saadiq
  • Standridge
  • Ozuna
  • Wooten
  • Rogers
  • Saadiq
  • Jake and the Phatman[a]
  • Wooten[a]
4:35
Notes
Sampling credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Tasty.[35]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[57] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Platinum 476,034[33]
United States (RIAA)[28] Gold 535,000[4]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Germany December 5, 2003 EMI [58]
United Kingdom December 8, 2003 Virgin [59]
United States December 9, 2003 [60]
Netherlands EMI [61]
Italy January 9, 2004 [62]
Japan January 16, 2004 [34]
Australia February 2, 2004 [63]
Sweden February 11, 2004 [64]
Canada February 17, 2004 [65]

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