When I was a teenager all I listened to was R&B music. My life consisted of Jagged Edge, Monica, Dru Hill, Brian McKnight, Brandy, etc. Unfortunately as I’ve gotten older I have made a conscience decision to stay away from R&B music. I just felt like the music lost it’s genuine feeling and everything sounded like just another “radio hit”. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon K. Michelle’s new album
More Issues Than Vogue. This album has forced me to ask the question: is R&B back?
This album embodies the very thing that made me fall in love with R&B music to begin with. The passion, the vocals, the music, the soul, the story behind the lyrics, the rhythm and the blues make this album a stand-out of the year. Like I said, I’ve stayed away from R&B music for the last couple of years so I don’t know too much about Miss. K. Michelle, but I promise you that she just gained a very passionate fan.
The album kicks off with the sassy track”Mindful”, it’s one of the more upbeat tracks of the album and is the perfect introduction to the album. The lyrics make it very clear that K. Michelle is not playing around and if you haven’t yet, you will take notice of her talent now.
“Who the fuck
Told y’all hoes to open up?
I’m comin’ straight from the gut
I ain’t playin, who dat?…”
“Ain’t You” is the third track of the album and as soon as the song began it transported me to a time when Monica was ruling the R&B world and heartbreak was all that I knew (this is a very long-winded compliment). This song is what got me hooked, this song is when I started realizing that K. Michelle is a beautiful gift to the R&B world.
K. Michelle stands in her own confidence with “Not A Little Bit”. This is the song that should become every woman’s anthem after they get screwed over by a man that is not aware of our worth. The song that we listen to over and over again until the words are embedded in our soul. This is the song that makes the entire album worth every penny. Her vocals are exemplary, the music is simple but enough to keep the song moving along and the lyrics are genuine and empowering.
“It’s gonna take a miracle this time
To make me change my mind
I’m alone and doing fine
So I leave it all behind”
“If It Ain’t Love” has a bit of country-influence. It’s like country with soul, think Chris Stapleton … anyone?. The song is lead by her vocals and 30 seconds in, I had chills up and down my arms. I felt this song in my soul and with one listen to the song, you become aware of how much of herself K. Michelle put into this album. “Make The Bed” is a collaboration with Jason Derulo and their vocals fit together perfectly, a catchy chorus and an upbeat track behind it; I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out being her next single. She hits us with some honesty with “These Men”, this song is full of witty comments and what I’m assuming is, first hand experience.
More Issues Than Vogue is unlike anything you’re listening to on the radio. K. Michelle is re-introducing what music used to sound like and I am welcoming her music with open arms. The album is a must listen from beginning to end. The music is easy to listen to, the lyrics are relatable and the vocals are beautiful and full of emotion. I am loving K. Michelle’s unapologetic approach to her latest album and I’m sure her frankness will be paying off, she’ll be gaining a new wave of fans in no time. We need more of this, more honesty, more real and raw vocals, more ACTUAL music.
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