I Am – Chrisette Michelle


01. Like A Dream
02. Work It Out
03. Best Of Me
04. Your Joy
05. Good Girl
06. Be Ok Feat. Will.I.Am
07. If I Have My Way
08. Mr. Radio
09. Golden
10. Let’s Rock
11. Love Is You
12. In This For You
13. Is This The Way Love Feels

Genius… If released in 1997 not 2007.

Once upon a time in the mid to late nineties an alleged new form of music was released upon the masses. It was ushered in by artists like Erykah Badu, Maxwell, D’angelo, and Jill Scott to name a few. The genre in question is “Neo-Soul.” You remember it was one of those lame ninety’s terms like “Ebonics”. It was used to describe the new soul music and it’s artist with their afro-centric garb, earthy lyrics, and lack of misogynism (which still seems to dominate every popular form of Urban i.e. Black music today). For 2007 we have a new entry into this genre, Chrisette Michelle. Comparatively she’s in the same vein as the Jill Scotts and Corrine Bailey Raes of the world. She has had features on both NaS and Jay-Z’s latest albums.

Chrisette’s talent for vocal flair is peppered throughout I AM her debut album on Island Def Jam. Like a Dream is the first song on the album and it’s an instant head nod. After that, the album pretty much falls flat. It’s not that she’s without talent, there’s just nothing exciting other than her voice. The album has a jazzy folksy sound that gets boring quickly. I feel as though I’ve heard this style from Jill Scott and India Arie already. Will.I.Am pops up on a cameo (Be ok) that he also produced. It’s good due to its Hip-Hop rooted beat, which the album needs more of. The album features production from John Legend and frequent NaS collaborator Salaam Remi. Michele co-wrote every song on the album, which is definitely notable today when the average artist nowadays can’t even remember all of the writers’ names on their albums. She was definitely looking for broader appeal that I’m sure she’ll receive.

Chrisette Michele will definitely be around a long time based on her undeniable vocal and writing abilities. She seemed afraid to step out of her element on I AM but, all in all it’s a good first album. She’ll continue to be on Pardonmeduke’s radar. Peace.

3 Responses to “I Am – Chrisette Michelle”

  1. G7 Says:
    June 24th, 2007 at 8:45 pm


  2. G7 Says:
    June 24th, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    got the album but haven’t got around to listening to it yet. i definitely think she has the voice and talent to carry an entire album.

  3. NativeAmericaIndianX Says:
    June 30th, 2007 at 7:10 am

    She has a good voice but she needs writers that can get her point across in a way that would be easier for the masses to accept. She is talented but at this point she has ‘cult following’ (another way of saying not mainstream) written all over her.

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