Food

Kelis - Food
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2014 Ratings: #252 / 845
User Score
Based on 57 ratings
2014 Ratings: #298
April 22, 2014 / Release Date
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Ninja Tune / Label
Neo-Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

An eclectic and modern-sounding synthesis of classic pop and rhythm & blues with a lot of friskiness, some funk, and even a little twang.

90
musicOMH

Food is awesome, that’s for sure, so eat up! Enjoy things, roll around in the grass, and “forever be”. A healthy life is fed by memories and experiences.

90
Drowned in Sound

Kelis’ voice is still top banana, going from strength to strength, the depth of its scrumptious yearning huskiness grows richer with time, like a deep and smoky jus.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Food is consistently satisfying and often fabulous. 

80
The Line of Best Fit

On the whole it’s a soul record, built around blasts of brass and soundtrack-like orchestral moments, and appears to be Kelis at her most honest, her most homely and her most reflective. 

80
Spin

Food is indeed "the real thing," a satisfying album grounded by familiar funk, rooted in classic soul sounds and focused on the everyday rituals of life: eating, playing with the kids, fighting -- and making up -- with the significant other.

80
Exclaim!

As a whole, Food is a delight and represents adventurous R&B with bite. 

80
DIY

Six albums in, Kelis picks up all her various threads of genre, and brings them together into a spaghetti of summery, humid music that sounds as classic as it does subtly experimental.

80
The 405

Food feels like a full-fledged look at the life, pleasures and pains of Kelis, something none of her old records ever really delivered.

75
Consequence of Sound

Since her last album, 2010′s Flesh Tone, Kelis has grown into a stronger, multifaceted artist. While there are still moments where her many commitments result in under-developed tracks, she takes a risk and succeeds.

70
NME

While ‘Food’ may be more home-cooked comforts than Blumenthal experimentation, at its best it’s a fulfilling portion.

69
Paste

Food may not make her the star she deserves to be, but this slightly overcooked album is proof that she can cook.

30
Tiny Mix Tapes

This recycling of lowest common denominators, of the comforting platitudes a rag-tag of consumers would like to hear and of what might endear Kelis to them, results in flagrant inconsistencies on her part.

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PMM
67
Breakfast 6.8
Jerk Ribs 6.1
Forever Be 7.3
Floyd
Runnin' 6.5
Hooch 6.2
Cobbler 6.3
Bless the Telephone 7.2
Friday Fish Fry 6.4
Change 6.5
Rumble 6.3
Biscuits n' Gravy 6.1
Dreamer 6.5

cohesive +2
snarekickblues
57
Best Track: Forever Be, Hooch, or Bless The Telephone
Worst Track: Cobbler
Most Overrated Track: Jerk Ribs
Most Underrated Track: Biscuits 'n' Gravy
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Track List

  1. Jerk Ribs
  2. Breakfast
  3. Forever Be
  4. Floyd
  5. Runnin'
  6. Hooch
  7. Cobbler
  8. Bless The Telephone 
  9. Fish Fry
  10. Change
  11. Rumble
  12. Biscuits 'n' Gravy
  13. Dreamer
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