Epiphany - Chrisette Michele

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Michele is more wry than most feel-good sisters, and never sentimental. She doesn't offer any solutions to the predicament of women caught up in sweet, rough love; like those blues queens of yore, she just takes you there. The journey is gift enough.
  2. She continues to lay down the law on 'Porcelain Doll' and 'Another One,' both of which find her claiming she is a "grown woman" over a choir-like production and acoustic guitars, respectively. But not all is heartbreak on the mature-sounding set.
  3. 80
    Chrisette Michele has delivered a consummate R&B album: controlled, beautiful, thoughtful, with some oomph. The cameos are sparse, the up-tempo tracks are still soulful and the perils of love are dominant.
  4. While the material is strong, this is all about Michele's stylish but subtle vocalizing and its jazzy inflections and nuances.
  5. Despite the fact that you know that the album is designed to appeal to a mass audience--whatever that means--it feels more organic and lived-in than the neo-soul/jazz music that the industry is trying to steer Michele away from.
  6. 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.
  7. As pianos flutter and faint bass lines pulse in these sultry mid-tempo gentlemen's ballads--written and co-produced by Ne-Yo, who also guests on 'What You Do'--she makes those kiss-offs go down easy.
  8. The entire album is executive produced by Ne-Yo, which gives Epiphany both a more modern R&B edge as well as a more unified sound than Michele's 2007 debut--which could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.
  9. While it makes a virtue of Michele's strong-female fortitude, Epiphany rarely balances that heat with hooks.
  10. Epiphany is an unusually labored album, two artists missing each other at the pass.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. AlenaB
    May 12, 2009
    As much as I love Chrisette Michelle, I just could not get a feel for her as a artist in this CD. With the album being produced by Ne-Yo, the modern R/B feel just does not fit Chrisette's soulful voice. Her first album stood out more because it was more neo-soul than the urban r/b and pop feel. It made her stand out. I believe that she should go back to the basics and make another album like the first one. I do love the song epiphany though!! Full Review »
  2. MissT
    May 11, 2009
    Awesome album! It's rare that I love every song on an album, but this is one of those albums. CM has a sensuous, melifluous, moving voice. All the melodies are gorgeous. "Fragile" is my #1 song - it's bangin'. I also love "Blame It On Me" and "Porcelain Doll." And all the others as well. I highly recommend this CD. Full Review »