Album Review: Chrisette Michele – Epiphany

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 5:36 PM


Artist: Chrisette Michele
Album: Epiphany
Release Date: 5.5.09

Epiphany
is the highly anticipated follow up to Chrisette Michele's 2007 debut release I Am.
Here’s a track by track review:

Epiphany (I’m Leaving) – The title track grabs your attention from the start with the piano heavy instrumental accompanied by her smooth sultry voice as she sings about leaving her relationship.

Notebook - A nice slow love song. Nice mix of the acoustic guitar along with a drum sample. Here she sings of her crush and her reluctance to reveal her feelings to him.

What You Do Featuring Ne-Yo – This piano laden track features the additional vocal styling of songwriter Ne-Yo on the hook. Her voice is so melodic and effortless on this one that you can feel the emotion coming through the speakers.

Blame It On Me – Here she sings about a broken relationship and it’s effects. As the song builds, she maintains the smoothness throughout.

All I Ever Think About – Here she seems to channel the greats like Anita Baker as she sings about not being able to get over a past love, even though she has moved on.

Playing Our Song – She picks up the pace a little here. This is a nice up-tempo track.

Another One – continuing with the up-tempo portion of the album. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar she belts out a winner about moving on and being done with a relationship.

On My Own – Here she owns this track as she serenades the melody with the heartfelt lyrics.

Fragile – This drum heavy track is just a little different from the rest but not enough to deter from the album.

Mr. Right – This reminds me of Amy Winehouse. She definitely does her thing on this fast track.

Porcelain Doll – One of my favorites as she sings/speaks about being treated as a grown woman and not a child. It sounds as if she is speaking more so than singing but it works.

I’m Okay – The final track to wind the album down and sum it all up. Once again the piano and her voice were meant for each other. This track actually sums up the album perfectly. She goes from wanting to break up, to breaking up, to moving on, to being alright with it.

This album is easily one of my favorites. Chrisette seems to have the ability to effortlessly meld her voice onto the smoothness of each and every track. It is hard for me to pick just one track as a favorite because they are all great to me. Her voice lends itself to the greats like Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita Baker and the list goes on. Though I feel that her style and vocal ability is overlooked, she will definitely have a future in this business.

Overall, this album deserves a 4.5 out of 5 platinum headphones.

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