Better

Better

by Chrisette Michele
     
 

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Three Top Ten R&B albums into her career, Chrisette Michele moves from Def Jam to Motown for Better, an album inspired by personal development. Recovery from both a breakup and a negative self-image informs much of the material, from the booming optimism of the opening "Be in Love" ("I wanna love again, try one more time") to the closing "Can the Cool Be Loved?

Overview

Three Top Ten R&B albums into her career, Chrisette Michele moves from Def Jam to Motown for Better, an album inspired by personal development. Recovery from both a breakup and a negative self-image informs much of the material, from the booming optimism of the opening "Be in Love" ("I wanna love again, try one more time") to the closing "Can the Cool Be Loved?" (I'm on display, no defense/Sayin' what I say, no offense"). Instead of working strictly with Chuck Harmony, as she did on 2010's Let Freedom Reign, she collaborates with several producers. Harmony handles the title track, which sounds like it had Deniece Williams in mind until Chrisette's voice slides into an empowered wail. Pop & Oak contribute the O'Jays-sampling "A Couple of Forevers," one of the pair's better twinkling-ballad backdrops, and allow Chrisette's lead and background lines to dominate. "Let Me Win," made with Carvin & Ivan, recalls the singer's debut with its surprisingly fresh-sounding combination of a well-known breakbeat -- courtesy of the Soul Searchers -- and lively piano. Better overflows with positivity and Chrisette's natural dynamism. The emotional reach within her whisper mode alone is greater than most can express with their full range. Another development is that she is a little less inhibited. Although she remains miles away from Kelly Rowland territory, she's seductive even when she's forthright about "throwing you shade," as on the slinking Wizzy Wow production "Charades" -- easily one of her best songs, laced with inimitable hushed phrasing. The deluxe 20-track edition is necessary for two cool and mellow collaborations with Musiq (Soulchild), as well as a hot, thermostat-shattering Wizzy Wow track.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2013
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602537343782
catalogNumber:
001828802
Rank:
41374

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chrisette Michele   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Keyboards
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
Tom Gardner   Guitar
Shea Taylor   Musician
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Keyboards
Cutting Room Family   Vocals

Technical Credits

Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Rex Rideout   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Editing
Kevin Randolph   Composer
Cara Walker   Package Production
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer
Tommy Brown   Producer,Engineer
Travis Sayles   Composer,Producer
Bilal Oliver   Composer
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Composer
Chrisette Michele   Composer,Executive Producer
Linette Payne   Composer,Executive Producer,Management
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chuck Harmony   Producer
Steve Wyreman   Composer
Tom Gardner   Engineer
Ben Chang   Engineer
Kristen Yiengst   Photo Coordination
Olubowale Akintimehin   Composer
Charles Harmon   Composer
Elvis "Blac Elvis" Williams   Composer,Producer
Kristal Oliver   Composer,Vocal Engineer
Phillana Williams   Marketing
Doug Ellison   Executive Producer
Lloyd Ashley Pinchback   Composer
Mack Woodward   Engineer
Shea Taylor   Producer
Wizzy Wow   Producer
Harold Lilly   Composer
Chrisette Payne   Composer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer,Producer
Victoria McCants   Composer
Isra Lohata   Composer
Tauheed Epps   Composer
Jack "Suthernfolk" Brown   Vocal Engineer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Producer
Justen "J-Rob" Robinson   Composer,Producer
Kenton Dunson   Composer
Lemuel Payne   Management
Mike "Guru" Johnson   Engineer
Michelle Sanchez-Boyce   Marketing

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