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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 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Aug 1, 2018
    60
    It is absolutely true that the musical and vocal performances here are Taylor's strongest. But in terms of messaging, she still needs to get in formation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  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. Aug 26, 2018
    8
    2018's top 5 Why don't? Until Now: Isolation, Dirty Computer, Care for me, DAYTONA & K.T.S.E.. Kayne West is definitively a great producer and2018's top 5 Why don't? Until Now: Isolation, Dirty Computer, Care for me, DAYTONA & K.T.S.E.. Kayne West is definitively a great producer and chooses the bests textures. Expand
  6. Jul 22, 2018
    8
    Great production. 3Way is probably the only song I would not consider good enough. Maybe she should have stuck to the 7-track thing.
  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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