Kaleidoscope (Kelis album)


Kaleidoscope (Kelis album)

Infobox Album
Name = Kaleidoscope
Type = studio


Artist = Kelis
Released = Start date|1999|12|7
(see release history)
Recorded = 1998–1999
Genre = R&B, hip hop
Length = 61:37
Producer = The Neptunes
Label = Virgin
Reviews = *Allmusic rating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wxfpxqtkldde~T0 link]
*Review-Christgau|A-|album=1907
*"Rolling Stone" rating|3.5|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/kelis/albums/album/220950/review/6067933 link]
Last album =
This album = "Kaleidoscope"
(1999)
Next album = "Wanderland"
(2001)
Misc = Singles
Name = Kaleidoscope
Type = studio
Single 1 = Caught out There
Single 1 date = 1999
Single 2 = Good Stuff
Single 2 date = 1999
Single 3 = Get Along with You
Single 3 date = 2000

"Kaleidoscope" is the debut album by American R&B singer Kelis, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music).

Album information

The album is entirely produced by The Neptunes. In the U.S. "Caught out There" was a modest urban radio success and a MTV/BET video hit. The album debuted at number number one hundred and forty-four on the "Billboard" 200 and number twenty-three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 12,423 copies in the opening week. The album has sold just over 250,000 units in the U.S 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 BPI certified "Kaleidoscope" gold for selling over 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom. Kelis' colorful style in both clothing and hair in the music videos with bright contrasting colors combining an urban style while maintaining Girl Power received considerable attention. The exclusively European positive reception was also attributed to the reluctance of her native U.S. to accept Kelis due to her first single "Caught out There" containing a seemingly furious Kelis and the album featuring tracks like "Mafia", about the gangsta culture, and "Ghetto Children", about domestic abuse.

"Caught out There" managed to provide Kelis with a number-fifty-two chart entry on the UK Singles Chart on imports and it was therefore decided to release the single there which peaked 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 and only solo release to miss the top forty, reaching number fifty-one.

Track listing

#"Intro" (Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo) – 1:55
#"Good Stuff" (featuring Terrar) (Williams, Hugo) – 3:52
#"Caught out There" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:51
#"Get Along with You" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:27
#"Mafia" (featuring Markita) (Williams, Hugo) – 4:18
#"Game Show" (Williams, Hugo) – 5:04
#"Suspended" (Kelis Rogers, Williams, Hugo) – 4:53
#"Mars" (Williams, Hugo) – 5:15
#"Ghetto Children" (featuring Marc Dorsey and N.E.R.D) (Williams, Hugo, Ricky Walters) – 4:48
#*Contains elements of Slick Rick's "Hey Young World" (Ricky Walters).
#"I Want Your Love" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:14
#"No Turning Back" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:10
#"Roller Rink" (Rogers, Williams, Hugo) – 4:58
#"In the Morning" (Rogers, Williams, Hugo) – 4:20
#"Wouldn't You Agree" (featuring Justin Vince) (Williams, Hugo) – 4:32

Personnel

Musicians

*Kelis – vocals
*Marc Dorsey – vocals
*Chad Hugoarranger, multi instruments
*Markita – vocals
*N.E.R.D – vocals
*Terrar – vocals
*Justin Vince – performer
*Pharrell Williams – arranger, multi instruments
*Kenny "Blue" Wray – backing vocals
*Nicole Wray – backing vocals

Production

*The Neptunesproducers, executive producers
*Andrew Coleman – engineer
*Serban Ghenea – mixing
*Dave "DasKyz" Hummel – engineer
*Ken "Duro" Ifill – mixing
*Steve Klein – photography
*Jonathan Mannion – photography
*Len Peltier – art direction
*Rob Walker – executive producer

Charts

Release history

References


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