Epiphany

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Chrisette Michele's very good debut, I Am, won a couple Grammys but did not did not have corresponding commercial success. None of its three singles reached the Top 20 of the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The album itself barely dented the Top 30 of the Billboard 200. She co-wrote each one of its songs and passed on the opportunity to record "Irreplaceable," later taken on by Beyoncé and made into one of 2006's biggest singles. Consider all of this, Grammy part excepted, and it's understandable why Chrisette would be steered in a different direction. Chrisette evidently did some of the driving, since one of the inspirations behind the album's title refers to the realization that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Chrisette Michele's very good debut, I Am, won a couple Grammys but did not did not have corresponding commercial success. None of its three singles reached the Top 20 of the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The album itself barely dented the Top 30 of the Billboard 200. She co-wrote each one of its songs and passed on the opportunity to record "Irreplaceable," later taken on by Beyoncé and made into one of 2006's biggest singles. Consider all of this, Grammy part excepted, and it's understandable why Chrisette would be steered in a different direction. Chrisette evidently did some of the driving, since one of the inspirations behind the album's title refers to the realization that she can benefit by allowing more input from songwriters. She co-writes only three of these songs, with executive production from "Irreplaceable" writer Ne-Yo, who also gets writing credit on six songs; Chuck Harmony touches several cuts, while smaller contributions come from the likes of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Allstar, Bei Maejor, and Tim Bosky. Given the different strategy, and the fact that none of the producers or songwriters here had anything to do with I Am, it's a little surprising that the results are not all that different. It's also somewhat ironic that it's less rounded; the material, while mostly well-crafted, runs together as a block of slow, serious songs broken up by only a couple brief upswings in energy. Chrisette, naturally, sounds outstanding throughout, as a supernaturally talented vocalist whose songs are nonetheless easily relatable to anyone going through a breakup -- or, to a significantly lesser extent here, newfound love -- but the album could have really used more rhythmic punch than a token throwback strutter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602527016139
  • Catalog Number: 001279702
  • Sales rank: 35,216

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chrisette Michele Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Brent Paschke Guitar
Jesse Bond Guitar
Claude Kelly Background Vocals
Chuck Harmony Guitar, Drums
J. Michel Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rodney Jerkins Composer, Audio Production
Ne-Yo Audio Production
Bei Maejor Audio Production
Claude Kelly Audio Production
Chuck Harmony Composer, Audio Production
Allstar Audio Production
J. Madison Composer
C. Kelly Composer
C. Payne Composer
S. Smith Composer
A. Gordon Composer
J. Campbell Composer
B. Green Composer
T. Beal Composer
T. Bullock Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She did it again!

    Chrisette did her thing with this CD. Her Vocals are crazy and the whole CD is relatable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2011

    Don't sleep on this CD!

    This CD is excellent! I didn't get it until 2010, and I couldn't believe I had slept on it for so long. For anyone who loves versatility and true vocal ability, GET IT!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    ***A MUST HAVE***

    On most albums you either love a least 2 songs and the rest has to grow on you. Instantly I loved song after song. Her voice is soft and sultry and some of the songs are a single girls anthem. Love it :o)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I love Chrisette Michele

    I love every song on this CD...money well spent. Chrisette Michele has a very unique, soulful sound. I am will get to see her perform live at BB King in NY city on 2/19

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Pleasantly Surprised

    I went out on a limb and bought the CD because of the title trak "Epiphany" and pretty much stuck to that song until one day I was traveling and just let the CD play out. By the second round on repeat I was pleasantly surprised at how relatable the CD was and inturn that ampted the CD's rotation in my collection. Turned out to be one of my favorite CDs of the year. Honestly, not sure if I would venture out and buy her first CD because her vocals, although touching, wasn't impressive enough to buy everything she's put out, however I would recommend this CD to any and everyone with good concious. "Epiphany" "Blame It On Me' "Notebook"...well I could list the whole album....Its just that good! Pick it up.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great 2nd album

    Loved this CD. Although this is a great CD and worth having, I did like her first more.

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