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SweetSexySavage is Kehlani's debut studio album which was released on January 27, 2017 by Atlantic Records & TSNMI.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Intro 0:59
  2. Keep On 3:58
  3. Distraction 3:55
  4. Piece Of Mind 4:18
  5. Undercover 3:03
  6. CRZY 3:11
  7. Personal 3:47
  8. Not Used To It 3:55
  9. Everything Is Yours 3:31
  10. Advice 3:22
  11. Do U Dirty 3:26
  12. Escape 3:21
  13. Too Much 3:49
  14. Get Like 2:54
  15. In My Feelings 3:46
  16. Hold Me By The Heart 3:45
  17. Thank You 3:49
  18. I Wanna Be 3:31
  19. Gangsta 2:57

Album BackgroundEdit

After wrapping up the North American leg of the You Should Be Here Tour, new recording sessions for the album started in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania around Halloween 2015.

The album was announced to be arriving "soon" in mid 2016 by Kehlani on Twitter. Work continued into 2016 where Kehlani finished and since has passed it onto her label.

The bulk of the album's production was handled by Pop & Oak with Kehlani also working with many others, including her musical director and producer Jahaan Sweet, who she worked with on her mixtapes.

"SweetSexySavage" was inspired by TLC's album, "CrazySexyCool."

Kehlani also cited singers Natasha Bedingfield, Colbie Caillat, Gwen Stefani and Pink as the biggest inspirations for the album. She stated that it was "more fun and aggressive" than her earlier work.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"SweetSexySavage" debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, moving 58,000 album-equivalent units with traditional album sales of 32,000 copies in its first week.

On June 29, 2018, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, "SweetSexySavage" received an average score of 76 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."

Shahzaib Hussain of Clash gave the album a 7 out of 10, writing: "The production can at times become repetitive, yet it's Kehlani's versatility as a songstress that elevates the more cookie cutter numbers."

Nick Levine of NME gave the album 4 stars out of 5 and commented that "the album is cohesive without feeling too samey."

Ryan B. Patrick of Exclaim! gave the album an 8 out of 10 and said: "By getting intensely personal, Kehlani adds a human side to the recordings that's multilayered and unapologetically self-determined."

Andy Kellman of AllMusic gave it 4.5 stars out of 5, commenting that: "The lows and highs, grief and pleasure, and insecurity and pride are all put on vivid display, and Kehlani pours herself into all of it without overselling a thought."

Katherine St. Asaph of Pitchfork gave "SweetSexySavage" a 7.0 out of 10 and stated that "Refreshingly, SweetSexySavage is at its best when it's most exuberant, giddy in the face of haters and common sense alike."

Barry Walters of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a grade of B, saying: "Haunting highlights like 'Piece of Mind' and 'Everything Is Yours' prove that beneath SSS's padding, there's a succinct, sassy, and sincere album waiting to be slimmed down to Kehlani's own soul-searching essence."

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