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Album review: Kelis - Live In London

PUBLISHED: 11:30 28 November 2014

Kelis - Live In London

Kelis - Live In London

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Kelis comes out on top with nifty reinterpretations of career classics and a feast of fun from her latest album.

Live In London finally gives us the chance to sample the delights of this heady July night at Somerset House.

A sign of her formidable voice and equal confidence, Kelis opens with a cover of Feeling Good, made famous by Nina Simone. Her voice slips into it like a velvet onesie; she owns it, and sets us up for an exciting set.

Her latest LP Food takes the lion’s share, her on-point band reinterpreting the slinky likes of Rumble, on which a bright trumpet adds sprightly sheen, and Cobbler, where vocal acrobatics might divide opinion.

What’s undeniable is the fun Kelis is having, clearly enjoying Trick Me’s jolly bounce while giving it both gruff barrells, while the crowd laps up their chance for reflected glory during a funky, piano-and-bass take on Got Your Money that would get the party started in a morgue.

Milkshake is Carnival-esque, Bounce rocks a summer festival vibe and Forever Be is an even more joyous anthem than on record.

Rating: 4/5

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