The Singles Bar: Kelis, “Distance”
Posted by Reviewson 07/01/2012 at 6:40 PM
Kelis’s Flesh Tone accomplished something nearly unthinkable: making David Guetta tracks like “Acapella” sound something other than tiresome. The rest of the album’s also good to great. And it’s even better that it exists when Kelis is an artist who, outside her cult fanbase, too often gets reduced to milkshake memes. (One’s bound to be written any time somebody mentions her. This arguably counts.) Better still is that for her comeback, instead of doing the obvious and letting herself be grandfathered into the Pro Tools tracks of this year’s standard electronic producers, for new track “Distance” she went with the generally underused Skream. It pays off. Listen below.
“Distance” works largely because of its central metaphor; the track’s like a sigh that’s half petered-out. Kelis sings about wanting distance, but the track’s already pulled away, chilly and diffident. It’s a common trick only because it works so well. The rest is gorgeous if subdued, a garage-inspired track whose verses and choruses come with melody and tension, just never quite volume, and that rewards repeat if not quite immediate listens. That big immediate single will come eventually, later on in the album cycle; in the meantime, give this its space.
Check Us Out On
Login to receive the latest pop music news and exclusive offers from Popdust!
Prince brought the rock to close out the show.
This was a song that happened. Lapdance included, natch.
Why does Will.i.am want to be a robot so badly?
You didn't think you were getting away with just ONE Pitbull performance, did you?
As an apology for the Grammys, the Billboard awards let Miguel do whatever he wanted.
Pitbull, Christina and A-Ha: Professional moment feelers.
No scandals this time for Bieber!
It feels like one of those nights at the Billboard Music Awards.
The duo fed off the crowd's energy to put in a classic performance.
The song of the summer?
Selena gives another Bollywood-indebted performance of her Eastern-tinged top ten hit.
Bruno kicked off the Billboard Music Awards with this Unorthodox Jukebox cut.
Girls' Generation will twinkle once again.