Bless the Telephone
Label: Ninja Tune
Kelis promoted this comeback by touting her kitchen skills and preparing meals for hungry SXSW hipsters. But Food is more than just culinary music: It's about a woman searching for life's sustenance as she's "Runnin'" from her early '00s "Milkshake" fame, embracing motherhood, and looking for new love after a painful divorce. Producer Dave Sitek evokes Memphis soul on "Rumble," and David Axelrod crossed with '90s trip-hop on "Change." Kelis' voice sounds grainy, like she's weathered a few storms. She promises on "Biscuits n' Gravy," "By this time tomorrow, I'll be renewed."