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most amazing new(ish) voice in r&b right now y/y. she's been doing so much this year. valentine's day mixtape still no fucks given like a victory lap and her remix of "loyal" is one of the most essential songs to any discussion of misogyny in pop this year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtZmwF7WEFw

then an idris elbra-directed half-hour musical of her debut album just because. solidarity with strippers and sidechicks is becoming her thing, and a really important thing in the current climate. the whole thing is on this youtube account http://www.youtube.com/user/Roro770221/videos

and sooner than i'd expected her second album in a couple of weeks - it's excellent. lead single is another riposte to "loyal"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMTEqvYBbMc&list=UUx5Tqy7lZgSj8NLocGgYZ6g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J6IcvdsKrs&list=UUx5Tqy7lZgSj8NLocGgYZ6g

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:30 (four years ago) Permalink

(i think she deserves her own thread now)

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:31 (four years ago) Permalink

"love 'em all" is so great

dyl, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:24 (four years ago) Permalink

"why can't they understand / sex is irrelevant" is such a bold lyric to put in the hook of your lead single (even without following it with "just a game that i'm playing and i'm winning"

lex pretend, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

I bought Rebellious Soul around this time last year and expect to be rocked again.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:52 (four years ago) Permalink

most amazing new(ish) voice in r&b right now

did someone reboot you

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Eager to hear the follow-up to Rebellious Soul. What I really loved about her debut is that she really throws herself into the worlds and characters of her songs - not just with bizarre yet human lyrics but with such a strong, lived-in voice. Maybe it's just her playing up to the role she had on Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta but she comes across as likeably unhinged.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:32 (four years ago) Permalink

"cry"!

YOU GON SUFFER
YOU GON SUFFER

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 11:52 (four years ago) Permalink

this album is so good

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 11:52 (four years ago) Permalink

GOD I GET IT
I'M A MESS AND I ADMIT IT
I KEEP LEARNING THE SAME LESSONS WHILE I'M MISSING OUT ON BLESSINGS

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 11:55 (four years ago) Permalink

"going under" is EPIC

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:51 (four years ago) Permalink

lol 'newish'?

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 14:04 (four years ago) Permalink

'love em all' is fire tho

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 14:04 (four years ago) Permalink

excited for the album. how many songs on it are secret supposed ripostes to "Loyal"?

some dude, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 14:08 (four years ago) Permalink

just "love 'em all" (the first riposte was her remix of it)

new(ish) because she released her debut album just over a year ago and i think she should have her own thread

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:44 (four years ago) Permalink

shes like a year younger than me and signed to jive in '09!

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:46 (four years ago) Permalink

i was joking, "love em all" is a good song but it is not in any way a "loyal" subtweet c'mon

k. michelle is so much bigger last year/this year than she was before that sometimes i feel like success reboots where someone's career "begins," i think it's fair to say she's a new star on the R&B landscape

some dude, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:52 (four years ago) Permalink

no she's actually said "love 'em all" is a riposte to "loyal"!

old ppl can release debut albums too deej

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 15:55 (four years ago) Permalink

This is a very good album. Michelle's voice is so sturdy that it can stand up to bulky production that I think would overpower or drown out a lot of other singers, and this record really takes advantage of that. "Going Under" and "Something About The Night" are early standouts for me.

Evan R, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 17:28 (four years ago) Permalink

"going under" is EPIC

― lex pretend, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:51 AM (2 days ago)

Yeah, this is a great song.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 December 2014 19:12 (four years ago) Permalink

"How Do You Know?" is straight-up a country song.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 December 2014 20:03 (four years ago) Permalink

Sounds like a big R&B ballad to me.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 December 2014 20:20 (four years ago) Permalink

just listened, pretty impressed. even "drake would love me" which i thought would be a mess is actually kinda beautiful and moving.

dyl, Thursday, 4 December 2014 20:28 (four years ago) Permalink

xp yeah its a big ol whitneyesque torch song in the best way. (also the only song on the record so far where i can notice audible autotune, but, minor quibble.)

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 20:42 (four years ago) Permalink

proceedings get a bit sappy at the end (esp. the closing track "god i get it.") but really good overall.

fever, re: yr. point about country, "god i get it" def has those leanings!

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:22 (four years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard the whole stream yet, just the songs available on Spotify.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:56 (four years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv01vpMj4zM

I can't believe we haven't spoken about how amazingly ridiculous she seems in her reality shows.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:15 (four years ago) Permalink

did not know they were a thing. will prob steer clear of that stuff tbh

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:18 (four years ago) Permalink

the great thing about K. Michelle is that she's practically the only person on any of these shows whose personality actually comes out in her music

Bro With Extensive Taint (some dude), Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:25 (four years ago) Permalink

God I Get It is definitely a country song too. Just imagine How Do You Know? with a similar Nashville-ized arrangement. Totally a country song.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 4 December 2014 23:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Also, this VH1 stream is about as secure as a car with the doors open and the keys in the ignition. Basically if you want to download the album for free, they're begging you to.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 5 December 2014 00:03 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah it already leaked like...3 or 4 days ago I just didn't steal it

yet

hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Friday, 5 December 2014 00:54 (four years ago) Permalink

omg i didn't realize how easily downloadable it is. and in pretty good quality too. lol. i am tempted but i think i will throw my money her way instead.

dyl, Friday, 5 December 2014 02:11 (four years ago) Permalink

the Drake song is something else.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 December 2014 02:16 (four years ago) Permalink

the drake song reminds me of ne-yo's "single" from the opposite perspective - it's as much about how we use ideals and fantasies of singers as about drake himself, and coming after "build a man" in which she actually calls out each of her exes specifically it's kinda devastating - there's this tension in all of her work between wanting to feel everything as hard as she can and this empirical certainty underpinning it all that men ain't shit, so by that stage of the album she's going full frankenstein then pure fantasy just to sustain the former. "god i get it" almost sounds like acceptance, a resolution of sorts, after that.

album's full of these quietly devastating lyrics sprinkled among the "I'D RATHER BE FUUUUUCKIIIIIIIING YOU" head-turning stuff, like that line on "maybe i should call" - "heart is feeling useless, probably should've used it less"

"judge me" is such a boom opener, makes me want to hear k michelle doing a bond theme

she's been pretty explicit about her country influences, when i interviewed her she said she wanted to do a full-on country album in the future

lex pretend, Friday, 5 December 2014 09:18 (four years ago) Permalink

her fader interview is so good! http://www.thefader.com/2014/12/04/k-michelle-interview

dyl, Saturday, 6 December 2014 22:53 (four years ago) Permalink

I really wasn't expecting the country music influence to be so strong on this. I still miss the more bizarre eye-opening moments from her debut album but if it's a choice I'd much rather take the brutally honest confessions of this, there's so much specific detail here and even on the rare moments when the lyrics veer close to self-pitying cliche she delivers the lines with such conviction and belief that it seems unique to her own story.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 7 December 2014 19:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Have become obsessed with the melody/synthbassline of "Love 'Em All".

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:21 (four years ago) Permalink

jeezy feels like such a perfect counterpoint for the remix

deej loaf (D-40), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:32 (four years ago) Permalink

i sort of don't want to hear a man on that song

lex pretend, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:55 (four years ago) Permalink

thx dyl btw

quite amused by album offcut "oscar"

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/k-michelle-oscar-new-song.1960490.html

lex pretend, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:55 (four years ago) Permalink

xp my thoughts as well

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 17:56 (four years ago) Permalink

omg this record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 19:29 (four years ago) Permalink

Lex, I knew nowt about K Michelle, but your great interview for the Fader (?) got me on to this. Fantastic album, and fantastic woman by the sound of it. Thanks man.

a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 21:38 (four years ago) Permalink

I think I fell in love with this record today.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 21:52 (four years ago) Permalink

its really, really good.

in some ways i think "drake would love me" is legitimately the emotional apex of it

just a couple of assholes having breakfast (slothroprhymes), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 22:02 (four years ago) Permalink

agreed

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 December 2014 22:06 (four years ago) Permalink

this album is so beautiful. "miss you, goodbye" through the end especially. ugh. *plays again*

dyl, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 01:01 (four years ago) Permalink

"Silhouette"!

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 01:06 (four years ago) Permalink

omg the original title!

i'm so glad she has the freedom to release without necessarily needing a big single blanketing radio beforehand

dyl, Saturday, 6 February 2016 20:26 (two years ago) Permalink

album now coming out March 25, i like "Ain't You" more than the other single

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Kjct8aieA

some dude, Friday, 12 February 2016 15:19 (two years ago) Permalink

oh fuck yes

"I don't wanna be here"

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 February 2016 15:22 (two years ago) Permalink

I am beyond frustrated at the postponement of this but at least it will make for a good episode of My Life

boxedjoy, Friday, 12 February 2016 18:21 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6540385

Should i pay $85 for me and my girl to see this show y/n?

ulysses, Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:33 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this album is wonderful. "mindful", what a vmic opener.

i love how her classicist leanings give us all these ornate arrangements and rub up against her never-appropriate lyrics

cher guevara (lex pretend), Friday, 25 March 2016 12:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah this album is great. Nightstand and Sleep Like a Baby are my favourites after my first play. Such lush production all the way through.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 25 March 2016 19:32 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah "Mindful" is a banger.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 March 2016 21:09 (two years ago) Permalink

"if it ain't love" is so immense

"make the bed" pretty much demonstrating she can do 80s teen romance synths as well as anyone else, i prefer it to anything on the CRJ album

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 26 March 2016 10:52 (two years ago) Permalink

80s teen romance
Yes, the way the album veers between this and (for want of a better word) adult soul balladry is wrong-footing in a really great way.

Jeff W, Saturday, 26 March 2016 12:54 (two years ago) Permalink

extremely cheap video is up for "not a little bit"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P8XCX57vEc

art baengels (monotony), Saturday, 26 March 2016 13:01 (two years ago) Permalink

oh oh oh oh ohhhh OH

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 26 March 2016 13:01 (two years ago) Permalink

On first listen I am not finding as many great cuts as 2014's Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, but I will listen to it again and again and see

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 March 2016 15:26 (two years ago) Permalink

This is a notch below Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? imo. The song titles give the game away: a few generic cuts.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 March 2016 15:28 (two years ago) Permalink

i don't know, i'm finding it a lot tighter than AWBAH - there's something more confident, more varied, more conducive to repeated listens so far. "not a little bit" and "if it ain't love" are some of the strongest radio melodies she's ever written. "mindful" is a strange choice of intro - it's a hoot but she doesn't follow through with anything else remotely like it so perhaps should've just been a bonus or interlude.

cher guevara (lex pretend), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 10:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Those three are my favorites after "Make My Bed" and the extra track "Memphis."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:31 (two years ago) Permalink

*Make The Bed

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Album is good. Getting serious Kci and jojo 'girl' vibes from 'all i got'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sto-6DphD-4

Better Pau Gasol (Spottie), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 22:00 (two years ago) Permalink

She's busy working the album:

Mar 31 FYE Philadelphia IN STORE Philadelphia, PA RSVP
Apr 01 The Mall At Prince George's (In Store) Hyattsville, MD RSVP
Apr 02 DTLR Camp Creek - In Store East Point, GA

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 March 2016 13:52 (two years ago) Permalink

i really like this album. T-Pain went the fuck in on the first two tracks.

some dude, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I didn't know he had it in him anymore.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

his last mixtape was good but he's really overdue to do more stuff like this in a writer/producer capacity with less novelty autotune

"Robots are sexy as shit" - Big Sean (some dude), Friday, 1 April 2016 03:01 (two years ago) Permalink

the derulo track is so derulo-wave

i love it so much

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 1 April 2016 20:13 (two years ago) Permalink

i know it's reductive to describe that set of sounds as "derulo-wave" but it's like exactly what i imagined when i saw "feat. jason derulo" in the tracklisting

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 1 April 2016 20:17 (two years ago) Permalink

I like the track but he's expendable. Like, her part's imaginative and vivid enough without needing to hear from the guy responsible for the bed making -- and that the guy's Jason Derulo.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 April 2016 20:20 (two years ago) Permalink

he's expendable right, i barely even noticed him on it, i'm just talking about the sound alfred

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 1 April 2016 20:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Agreed.

I also thought of "Do What U Want."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 April 2016 20:27 (two years ago) Permalink

their duet on Derulo's album would've been more at home on this album, and vice versa, but i suspect that's the point -- she gave him a song that helps him sound like a credible R&B singer, and he gave her something Top 40-friendly.

"Robots are sexy as shit" - Big Sean (some dude), Friday, 1 April 2016 23:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Apr 02 DTLR Camp Creek - In Store East Point, GA

Oh shit, that's like a mile from my house. I should go, right?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 2 April 2016 13:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Did you go?

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 April 2016 02:26 (two years ago) Permalink

You had to buy a copy of the cd on release day and get a wristband, so no.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 4 April 2016 04:44 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this is so good

goole, Tuesday, 24 May 2016 22:36 (two years ago) Permalink

you're welcome!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 22:59 (two years ago) Permalink

What an album. Both "All I Got" and "If It ain't love" hit seemingly cliche targets but the performance is so good they stand out as album highlights.

scarfs, Wednesday, 25 May 2016 04:05 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new album!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 December 2017 00:19 (one year ago) Permalink

ugh a Chris Brown feature

Spottie, Friday, 8 December 2017 21:08 (one year ago) Permalink

i like kim k

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 8 December 2017 21:10 (one year ago) Permalink

the Chris Brown thing bewilders me, people like K Michelle have enough star power and talent that they shouldn't need his support and it just looks so brazenly desperate.

I haven't heard the album yet but I LOVE "Kim K" more than any of the other singles she's released this cycle. It's hilarious that all the chatter around it is "omg shots fired at the Karadashians" when the song is literally about how the media won't take her seriously for being the wrong type of black

boxedjoy, Saturday, 9 December 2017 09:25 (one year ago) Permalink

my use of "wrong" there means wrong in the eyes of the class structures of society, not wrong as an intrinsic value judgement

boxedjoy, Saturday, 9 December 2017 09:26 (one year ago) Permalink

I've got thoughts on that too: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/kimberly-the-people-i-used-to-know/

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 December 2017 11:58 (one year ago) Permalink

I appreciate any shade thrown at Migos and Future, but give a raised eyebrow at working with Chris Brown. Breaking even here, I guess.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 9 December 2017 13:03 (one year ago) Permalink

<3 the dirty Vince Guaraldi Trio of "Fuck Your Man"

Jeff W, Saturday, 9 December 2017 14:33 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this album is phenomenal

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

rounds rounds rouuuuundsss

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

think i may need to try this again it did nothing for me on first listen. last two albums are personal classics for sure. looks like the chris brown song has been removed from spotify...

Spottie, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 22:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"Rounds" is one of the best tracks. I agree that it's her most blah.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 23:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i don’t! it’s got distinct chapters

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 December 2017 00:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It drags in the last third. I wanted an album's worth of "God, Love, Sex and Drugs" and "Alert."

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 December 2017 00:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The last third is where it picks up for me - the arrangements and sentiments are a little trite but she sings the hell out of them. The first half feels a bit of a mess to me, there's some great ideas and lyrics and her performance is flawless as ever but the melodies feel underwritten and she spends more time showing her voice than letting the hooks build.

This is still a good album from a great artist but I wasn't as blown away as I have been by her before.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This is still a good album from a great artist but I wasn't as blown away as I have been by her before.

^^^This

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 03:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink


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