A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is not for young teens. Though the "Milkshake" song is really popular with middle school kids, they may not even understand the reference.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Didn't anyone ever tell this woman about playing hard-to-get? A little innuendo would raise the charm quotient considerably. The breathy vocals and worn-out synthesized pop arrangements on TASTY are the vehicle for Kelis' downright dirty delivery. The nadir, a ditty called "In Public" is offensive not because it celebrates risky outdoor sex, but because of the piggish attitude expressed by Kelis' duet partner, Nas. "I ain't got time to drive you all the way home, but instead I can drive you to a club bathroom or a restaurant men's room, then I can zoom in your woon..." is a sample. Girls don't need to listen to men talking to women that way, ever.
Is it any good?
Explicit sexuality is the only thing that keeps TASTY from being completely boring. There is an edited version available, but it can't be found easily. There's no cleverness or humor, no truly awful songs, but no interesting ones either. Kelis is a lovely young woman who shows herself off in an airbrushed fold-out CD insert. If it were possible, it would seem that the vocals were airbrushed as well. The arrangements have a soulless, overprocessed sound and feeling.