It's amazing that the hype from Milkshake is only just starting to die down. Not one to settle for slipping away, Kelis is returning with Trick Me. With this second release from the brilliant album Tasty, Kelis is setting out to show that there's more to her than a beat from The Neptunes.
All references to Kelis' meteoric rise harp back to the aggression released in the angst-heavy Caught Out There. Trick Me, lyrically, is in a similar category but that's where it ends. The track is calming, helped by the beat composed by producer Dallas Austin. There is anger but it's presented in a passive, almost comical way, with lines like, "Freedom to us has always been a trick / Freedom to you has always been whoever landed on your dick."
Frankee and Eamon could well take note here. There are ways of presenting emotion - ways that will ensure people take you seriously. Albeit belatedly, Kelis is now demonstrating strength of character and musical prowess, epitomised in Trick Me. This girl is here for the long run, and as long as the hits keep on being churned out that's no bad thing.