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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2013
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602537343782
  • Catalog Number: 001828802
  • Sales rank: 9,760

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 Jr. Keyboards
The Cutting Room Family Vocals
Technical Credits
Kenny Gamble Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
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 Jr. 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 Jr. Composer, Producer
Justen "J-Rob" Robinson Composer, Producer
Kenton Dunson Composer
Lemuel Payne Jr. Management
Mike "Guru" Johnson Engineer
Michelle Sanchez-Boyce Marketing
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