Review: K. Michelle Has A ‘Rebellious Soul’
Too bad Michelle goes unladylike on “Pay My Bills”, which is well sung, but a bit…um… much, but only because she’s so bold. I’ll spare you the oversexed lyrics, which can be found on verses, chorus, and bridge. SMH… She’s definitely more refined on “Sometimes”, but she even negates that when she can’t escape the f-bomb on “…instead of praying for a man who don’t give a f**k about me…”
And let me just say, she is so serious about that line as she consistently emphasizes it. As for the opera tacked on in an interlude… that was unexpected. She atones for the oddity on the fine “Ride Out”, a contemporary R&B cut that suits the singer perfectly. Those vocal cracks don’t require a filthy mouth to be potent.
“Hate On Her” isn’t too shabby, where basically K. Michelle knows that ‘he’s a fool’ and can’t knock her because of his ways. R&B drama, but it works out decently. On “When I Get A Man”, K. Michelle emphasizes she’s willing to do anything, but she eschews her oversexed lines from earlier, thank goodness! “A Mother’s Prayer” ends an album filled with profanity at it’s most classy, which perhaps doesn’t truly fit the multitude, yet makes one view K. Michelle more favorably, morally, and humanly.
Overall, Rebellious Soul is an enjoyable R&B album. It’s not the second coming, but for those who are willing to accept a bolder version of Keyshia Cole or Mary J. Blige, K. Michelle is your girl. A mess she may be, but Michelle also can pull at the heartstrings with powerful vocals… when she’s not somewhere talking offensively that is. All in all, it receives my recommendation.
Favorites: “Damn”; “Can’t Raise a Man”; “V.S.O.P.”; “Ride Out”
K. Michelle⎪Rebellious Soul⎪Atlantic ⎪⎪ US Release Date: August 13, 2013
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