"That milkshake song" ("Milkshake") brought Kelis to the mainstream for a couple months during 2003 and 2004. The singer's follow-up -- Kelis Was Here, her fourth album -- bears no retreads. Though lead single "Bossy" makes lyrical references to her number three hit and the moderate breakout "Caught Out There," the song is as distinct as anything she has done before, featuring another variation on her don't-give-a-damn assertiveness, this time over an ornamental and plinky production from Shondrae.
"Your children's babies' babies' babies' babies' babies' babies will know that Kelis was here," boasts the R&B diva during the intro to her fourth album. Perhaps so, but if youngsters in the year 2156 do add Kelis songs to their MindPods, it is unlikely they'll select many from this disappointing record. Kelis Was Here is the successor to 2003's Tasty, which contained several moments of skewed R&B-pop brilliance.