Wanderland

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Wanderland
Kelis - Wanderland.png
Studio album by Kelis
Released October 17, 2001 (2001-10-17)
Recorded 2000–2001
Studio Master Sound Recording Studio, StarTrak Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Length 62:54
Label Virgin
Producer The Neptunes
Kelis chronology
Kaleidoscope
(1999)
Wanderland
(2001)
Tasty
(2003)
Singles from Wanderland
  1. "Young, Fresh n' New"
    Released: October 1, 2001

Wanderland is the second studio album by American singer Kelis. It was released on October 17, 2001, by Virgin Records. The album's only single, "Young, Fresh n' New", peaked at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart. As of October 2004, Wanderland had sold 17,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[1]

Background[edit]

According to Kelis, Virgin Records did not understand Wanderland. She subsequently left the label around the time of the album's European release, and as a result, the album was never released in her native United States.[2][3]

The song "Flash Back" (retitled "Flashback") was included on Kelis' subsequent album Tasty, while a new version of "Popular Thug", which replaced Pusha T of Clipse with Nas, appears on The Neptunes' 2003 compilation album Clones.[4][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Blender 4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly B−[8]
entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[9]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[10]
NME 6/10[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1.5/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[14]

Wanderland received generally positive reviews from music critics. The Guardian critic Alexis Petridis described the music as "clever, exhilarating and original" and praised the album as The Neptunes' "most adventurous work to date".[10] Mark Bautz of Entertainment Weekly commented that "Kelis' brash blend of Curtis Mayfield soul, techno-Zeppelin funk, Jobim-lite bossa nova, and ultrasmooth R&B shows a more coherent artistry than many recent boundary-busting experiments."[8] Rupert Howe of Blender found that "[t]he best thing about Wanderland is that [Kelis] seems finally to have begun celebrating her eccentricities", adding, "Aside from the idiosyncratic lyrics [...] she switchbacks from parodying '70s mack-stylin' (the Funkadelic 'Daddy') to an '80s soul croon ('Scared Money')."[7] At entertainment.ie, Andrew Lynch commended Kelis' "aggressive vocal delivery and intriguing, if sometimes confusing lyrical imagery", while calling the album itself "[b]rilliantly produced" and "strikingly original".[9]

Rolling Stone's Barry Walters noted that, musically, Wanderland "doesn't venture far from its predecessor, Kaleidoscope: The Neptunes are still matching jaunty beats to techno sonics. But her pen is busier now, and the result is smarter, more nuanced but no less confrontational."[12] Andy Kellman of AllMusic stated that "the album's first three songs—'Young, Fresh n' New,' 'Flash Back,' and 'Popular Thug'—are on an even standing with the best of the singer's debut [...] After that solid beginning, the album continually loses steam and gains it back."[6] Stephen Dalton of NME viewed the album as "a solid sophomore effort", but felt that "there is way too much filler here for a hotly hyped alterna-soul princess with her eyes on the big prize."[11] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine opined that the album is "far from rote, but the Neptunes's rehashed retro beats and synths are beginning to sound derivative of Britney Spears's 'I'm a Slave 4 U.' Much of the disc's hooks are unchallenging and repetitive at best."[14] In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Ernest Hardy and Arion Berger were critical of the album, writing that "[t]he beats that brought Kaleidoscope to life are gone, and only Kelis' hippieish and overly self-aware songwriting remains."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro" 1:11
2. "Young, Fresh n' New"
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Rogers
4:37
3. "Flash Back"
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Rogers
3:26
4. "Popular Thug" (featuring Pusha T of Clipse)
4:13
5. "Daddy" (featuring Malice of Clipse)
3:50
6. "Scared Money"
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Rogers
4:00
7. "Shooting Stars"
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Rogers
6:17
8. "Digital World" (featuring Roscoe)
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Amir Porter
4:25
9. "Perfect Day" 3:56
10. "Easy Come, Easy Go" 3:31
11. "Junkie"
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Rogers
2:56
12. "Get Even"
  • Williams
  • Hugo
4:12
13. "Mr. U.F.O. Man" (featuring John Ostby)
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Rogers
4:27
14. "Little Suzie"
"Star Wars"
"I Don't Care Anymore"
  • Williams
  • Hugo
  • Rogers
11:48

Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Wanderland.[16]

  • Kelis – vocals
  • C Minus – scratches (track 10)
  • Andrew Coleman – engineering (tracks 1–8, 11–14)
  • Tom Dumont – guitar (track 9)
  • Fieldy – live bass (track 10)
  • Brian Garten – engineering (tracks 9, 10)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (tracks 3, 9)
  • Ken "Duro" Ifill – mixing (tracks 1, 2, 4–8, 10–14)
  • Tony Kanal – bass guitar (track 9)
  • Michelle Laurita – cover photography
  • The Neptunes – arrangements, executive production, instruments, production
  • Pauline St. Denis – inside photography
  • Rob Walker – executive production, management
  • Keith Wood – A&R direction
  • Adrian Young – drums (track 9)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 133
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 79
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 78
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[20] 13

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Japan October 17, 2001 EMI [15]
Germany October 26, 2001 [21]
United Kingdom October 29, 2001 Virgin [22]
France November 1, 2001 EMI [23]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Ostroff, Joshua (February 19, 2004). "Milk made". Eye Weekly. Archived from the original on June 30, 2006. Retrieved January 2, 2006. 
  3. ^ Rolls, Chris (April 24, 2006). "Exclusive Interview with Kelis". MP3.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Southall, Nick (December 12, 2003). "Kelis – Tasty". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Neptunes Present... Clones – The Neptunes". AllMusic. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Wanderland – Kelis". AllMusic. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Howe, Rupert. "Kelis – Wanderland". Blender. Archived from the original on November 3, 2004. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Bautz, Mark (March 11, 2002). "Wanderland". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Lynch, Andrew (October 25, 2001). "Kelis – Wanderland". entertainment.ie. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (October 19, 2001). "Strange trips". The Guardian. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Dalton, Stephen (October 23, 2001). "Kelis : Wanderland". NME. Archived from the original on October 19, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Walters, Barry (April 25, 2002). "Kelis: Wanderland". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b Hardy, Ernest; Berger, Arion (2004). "Kelis". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 448. ISBN 0743201698. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (February 22, 2002). "Kelis: Wanderland". Slant Magazine. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b ワンダーランド [Wanderland] (in Japanese). EMI Music Japan. Archived from the original on March 16, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  16. ^ Wanderland (liner notes). Kelis. Virgin Records. 2001. 7243 8 11092 2 9. 
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kelis – Wanderland". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kelis – Wanderland". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 11, 2008.
  19. ^ "Kelis | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  20. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  21. ^ "Wanderland" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Wanderland". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Wanderland: Kelis" (in French). Amazon.fr. Retrieved December 4, 2017.