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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: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  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 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.
  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 31, 2018
    8
    As an artist, Teyana Taylor is criminally overlooked - she is a complete package; she can dance, she can sing, she can choreograph, she canAs an artist, Teyana Taylor is criminally overlooked - she is a complete package; she can dance, she can sing, she can choreograph, she can write, and to top it off, she's a model. My first time hearing Taylor's voice was on the song 'Bliss' (with John Legend) from the Cruel Summer record - an admittedly tame album from Kanye West (albeit a compilation), though 'Bliss' was a stand out track for me. The next time I heard Taylor's voice was on her debut album 'VII' - the album was a solid, yet safe effort, consisting of chilled out R&B and slick vocals. That album flew under many people's radar, so her new 'K.T.S.E' had to be big. Really big...and what could be bigger than an album produced by Kanye West? How about being the fifth and final album produced by West from the past five weeks, following the likes of Pusha T, Kid Cudi and Nas?

    The build up to this album was well done on Ye's part, releasing the least known artist's project last. Though, unlike the former four albums, this was R&B...Kanye hasn't produced a back-to-back R&B album for several years, and Teyana Taylor hasn't had the spotlight shined on her this bright since the 'fade' music video...so the question is...is the album good? The answer is yes. Very good.

    Teyana's vocals are incredible; she explores her full range and isn't afraid to show them off. Thematically, the album revolves primarily around sex, and Taylor's relationship with her husband (professional basketball player Iman Shumpert). It's sexy, with incredible low-key production from West (and the usual killer samples), allowing Taylor to shine.

    Most tracks cut off abruptly, with Kanye even saying "no fade outs" on the track 'Hurry' - I like this concept, cutting off the track while it's still hot instead of allowing the music to become boring. Additionally this is the first G.O.O.D Music release recently with eight tracks as opposed to seven - though reportedly a ninth track was cut due to clearing issues. With tracks such as: '3Way' (self explanatory), 'WTP' (an acronym for Work This P***y) and 'Hurry' (which interpolates sex noises), this isn't an album you play outside, or infront of your grandmother... however, these tracks succeed in translating Taylor as a person. A sexually strong woman, that is very confident in her own skin.

    My favourite tracks are 'No Manners' (incredible instrumental opening, vocal layering and sampling), 'Rose in Harlem' (another incredible sample) and 'WTP' (the only club banger, which also feels like a sequel to West's 'fade'). The artwork, much like the music, is revealing and seductive. Ty Dolla $ign brings some incredible vocals on '3Way' and I really like Mykki Blanco's contribution on 'WTP'.

    The only negatives I have are to do with Kanye's verse - it just feels too short, and I believe that it could have beenbetter suited on a different track. There are also some interesting space-laser style noises on the track 'Issues/Hold On', but these quickly grew on me. Some singing from West would also have been a nice addition.

    Overall, I would give this album an 8/10, and hope to see Teyana get the recognition she deserves in the future.
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  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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