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  • Summary: The acronym for the eight-track second studio release for the R&B singer stands for Keep That Same Energy and was produced by Kanye West.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 80
    Kardashian West was right: the record is “soooo good.” ... K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy) is a pleasant surprise. Embellished with West’s keen ear for samples, it blends ‘80s nostalgia with fresh rap and R&B.
  2. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    While the romantic lyrics can seem emptily sentimental, they are infinitely preferable to the misjudged sauciness of Hurry and 3Way. ... Generally, these missteps seem a relatively small price to pay for a record that melds new and old R&B with such flair.
  3. Jun 27, 2018
    78
    The album remains too small a platform for her tremendous vocal talent.
  4. Jun 29, 2018
    75
    K.T.S.E. should’ve been a breakout moment for her, but it was rushed to release to hit West’s schedule, and as such feels undercooked and unfocused. Make no mistake: There’s great “polo Kanye” stuff here, from the make-up-and-make-out ride of “Gonna Love Me” to the fierce autobiography of “Rose In Harlem.” The atomic ballroom “WTP” feels beamed in from another dimension.
  5. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Thanks to Taylor's new direction, K.T.S.E. ends up being the most fun of any of G.O.O.D. Music's recent releases, existing without the self-seriousness that weighed down the albums from Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Nas and West himself.
  6. 67
    Taylor creates an unapologetic record of late-night slow jams that stem from a more mature, experienced perspective. ... The forwardness [in “3way”] is welcome, but the angle Taylor takes is questionable.
  7. Jun 27, 2018
    60
    K.T.S.E. is a strong start with an anticlimactic finish. With a bit of additional time and effort, it could have been so much more.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jun 25, 2018
    10
    This album is pretty great, what a R/B album shoul be and sound, on repeat!
  2. Jun 27, 2018
    9
    Teyana Is so powerful on this project and I feel that her RNB flair is pushing through in the wider music world for the first time past herTeyana Is so powerful on this project and I feel that her RNB flair is pushing through in the wider music world for the first time past her first project 7. She has to be up there in this new generation with SZA and Rihanna, yet can match Cardi B for attitude which surely makes her one of the most unique acts out in the RNB world right now. Can't wait for the master edition of the album soon as mentioned on her BigBoy interview. For me "Gonna love me", "Rose in Harlem" and "Never would have made it" are the best three tracks on the record. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2018
    9
    This is a strong R&B, soulful album with smooth melodies and quality singing. It's a lot of fun. Well produced and well written. Definitely aThis is a strong R&B, soulful album with smooth melodies and quality singing. It's a lot of fun. Well produced and well written. Definitely a must listen. This is a great album. I look forward to Teyana. Expand
  4. Jul 1, 2018
    8
    My first time listening to Teyana Taylor album. Absolutely loved it. Kanye killed it with College Dropout type samples when it came to everyMy first time listening to Teyana Taylor album. Absolutely loved it. Kanye killed it with College Dropout type samples when it came to every song but stood out on ones like Rose In Harlem and Gonna Love Me. She is a great singer and shows it clearly on this album. The only song I didn't like was WTP. It was catchy but felt like a bonus track. Expand
  5. Jun 25, 2018
    8
    Teyana's refreshing and soulful vocals over Kanye's sampling and minimal instrumentals are what makes this album for me. I love her relatableTeyana's refreshing and soulful vocals over Kanye's sampling and minimal instrumentals are what makes this album for me. I love her relatable lyrics and mature approach. Standout tracks are Rose in Harlem, No Manners, Issues/Hold on. Solid summer EP. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2018
    8
    As expected, Teyana delivers with a very soulful album which is short but surprisingly effective in bringing out her best qualities. ThisAs expected, Teyana delivers with a very soulful album which is short but surprisingly effective in bringing out her best qualities. This album feels like the formal introduction of Teyana we should have received in 2014. More risks taken here than her debut and they paid off and rewarded listeners with songs such as 3 Way, WTP, and Rose in Harlem. These risks also led to rare but cringe-worthy moments such as the moaning on Hurry which could've worked if it weren't so extensive. The production is solid throughout but Teyana is the centerpiece. Absolutely no fillers (same as Daytona) as it's packed with memorable and meaningful moments. This will not be the last we hear from Mrs. Taylor and this album places her in the same league as singers such as SZA annd Kalis Uchis. Expand
  7. Jun 28, 2018
    0
    IT SUCKS! Stupid "lyrics", tired, boring use of Kanye West samples. Easily disposable and forgettable... as I would like to. Definitely willIT SUCKS! Stupid "lyrics", tired, boring use of Kanye West samples. Easily disposable and forgettable... as I would like to. Definitely will NOT be revisiting this GARBAGE,-20 out of 10 stars. :-( Expand

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