Michele, Chrisette - Let Freedom Reign (CD)
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- Contemporary R&B
- Number of Items
- Let Freedom Reign *
- Country of Origin
- Def Jam
- Billboard (p.48) - "[O]n her latest album, LET FREEDOM REIGN, the jazzy R&B vocalist comes to the realization that it's better to be alone than in bad company."
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Fairy Tales and Castles, Pt. 1
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] I'm a Star
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Number One
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Fairy Tales and Castles, Pt. 2
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I Don't Know Why, But I Do
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Let Freedom Reign - (featuring Talib Kweli/Black Thought)
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Goodbye Game
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] So Cool
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] So in Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] So in Love [Skit]
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I'm Your Life
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I'm from NY [Skit]
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Unsaid
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] If Nobody Sang Along
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] I Know Nothing
- R&B / Soul
- Release Date
- 14 January 2011
- 44m 51s
- South Africa
Liner Note Author: Chrisette Michele.
Recording information: KMA Studios, New York, NY; The Cutting Room, NYC; Vanilla Sky Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Miranda Penn Turin.
Let Freedom Reign is not quite as grandiose or as radical a shift for Chrisette Michele as its wrapping indicates. Chrisette packs the outside and inside of her third album with colorful, glamorous carnival scenes and inserts the title of each song into a lengthy essay. Apart from its charged mini-epic title song, featuring a marching band-like drive and verses from Talib Kweli and Black Thought, the album largely concerns affairs of the heart with a side of introspection and self-empowerment. Chrisette is back to co-writing almost all of her songs, while the whole set is produced by Chuck Harmony, who had a hand in almost every track on 2009's Epiphany. It's the most energetic of Chrisette's three albums, propelled by the uplifting "I'm a Star" and "Number One," as well as the Ne-Yo-penned "So Cool" -- something like a hybrid of two of his other glitzy, thumping songs, "Because of You" and "Spotlight." The album's upbeat disposition lends itself to a decrease in the prominence of plain ballads that functioned mostly as vocal showcases on the first two albums. The exquisitely fiery "Goodbye Game" -- a ballad and a standout -- is sonically loaded but doesn't detract from Chrisette's distressed and forceful voice, which resembles that of a young, gritty, and less shrill Patti LaBelle. ~ Andy Kellman
- Universal Distribution
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Video Disabled
- Chrisette Michele
- Date Released
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