Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

by K. Michelle

CD

Overview

The success of Rebellious Soul showed skeptics what serious R&B listeners knew years before K. Michelle became a reality television star: that she was the real deal. The 2013 album entered the Billboard 200 at number two and resulted in a Soul Train award for Best New Artist. In 2014, K. Michelle issued a mixtape, turned her debut album into an Idris Elba-directed musical, maintained her presence on the VH1 network with K. Michelle: My Life, and was plotting a number of other moves. A slip in quality control would have been understandable, but there is no indication on Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, her second proper album, that music hasn't remained her top priority. Like Rebellious Soul, this blends contemporary and classic styles, with the latter incorporated naturally, not as a forced authenticator. Pop & Oak, the duo who co-wrote and produced "V.S.O.P," continue to be the best collaborative match for K. Michelle's happier moments. Their work on "Something About the Night" is exceptional, with gently grinding verses and a floating chorus laid out prior to a switch-up that evokes a blissful liftoff. Dealing out threats ("You gon' pay me in tears"), admitting faults, and agonizing over a wasted opportunity come easy to the singer. That said, she's never quite as moving as she is on "How Do You Know?" -- an undeniable tear-the-house-down piano ballad made with Timothy Bloom, where the mere acknowledgment of risk in entering a relationship sounds torturous. Just as she dials it up vocally, an even higher percentage of her lyrics go beyond traditional sentiments. On "Drake Would Love Me," she pines for Aubrey Graham as she addresses a bad lover. Given the kind of effort she puts into expressing what she and the Canadian hitmaker could do for one another -- she emphasizes certain syllables like surgical knife twists -- it's possible that her future ex's least favorite artist just happens to be Drake. If that, the album's penultimate song, fails to raise brows, finale "God I Get It" ("I'm a mess and I admit it") ought to do it. It's a contemporary country number, pedal steel and all, that doesn't sound the least bit out of character.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2014
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678671050
catalogNumber: 546439

Album Credits

Performance Credits

K. Michelle   Primary Artist
Bernard Grobman   Guitar
John T. Smith   Guitar
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Bass
Javier Gonzalez   Trumpet
Lasim Richards   Trombone
Phil Cornish   Keyboards
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Keyboards
Robert "Bubby" Lewis   Bass
Tyler Cates   Guitar
Ludovic Louis   Trumpet
Brent Rader   Organ,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Phillip Lynah   Bass
Peter Lee Johnson   Strings
Cameron Osteen   Keyboards
Erik Hammer   Guitar
Derek Blythe   Guitar
Jerrold Wizzard   Bass
Mike Eyia   Saxophone
Michael Allen Cooper   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Oak   Engineer
Eric Hudson   Composer,Producer
Brion James   Composer,Lyricist
Janice Marie Johnson   Composer,Lyricist
Terry Lewis   Composer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer,Lyricist
John T. Smith   Composer
Daniel Watson   Engineer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Lyricist
Melvin Glover   Composer,Lyricist
James Harris   Composer
Julian Jackson   Composer,Lyricist
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
Clifton Chase   Composer,Lyricist
Curtis "Sauce" Wilson   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Maurice Simmonds   Composer,Lyricist
Arden Altino   Composer
Shari Bryant   Marketing
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
Timothy Bloom   Composer,Producer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League   Producer
Edward Fletcher   Composer,Lyricist
Phil Cornish   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer
Nick Bilardello   Art Direction
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Producer
B.A.M.   Composer,Producer,Introduction,Additional Production
Joshua Skubel   Package Production
Stacy Barthe   Composer,Lyricist
Shea Taylor   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Curtis Wilson   Composer
Bianca Atterberry   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
K. Michelle   Executive Producer
Ronnie "Lil Ronnie" Jackson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation,Introduction,Additional Production
Kenneth Coby   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Phillip Lynah   Engineer
Andrew Clifton   Composer,Drum Producer
Jesse Wilson   Composer
Kevin Crowe   Composer
Dallas Martin   Executive Producer
Rob Gold   Art Manager
Guordan Banks   Composer,Lyricist
Ronald Colson   Composer
Oakwud   Producer
Flippa123   Producer
Kenneth Bartolomei   Composer
Lance Powell   Engineer
Jared Lynch   Engineer
Jesse "Corparal" Wilson   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Balewa Muhammed   Composer,Lyricist
Kimberly Pate   Composer,Lyricist
Stephen Mostyn   Composer
Erik Reyes-Ortiz   Composer
Brianna Harrison   Marketing
Geoffrey Richard   Composer,Additional Production
Derek Blythe   Composer
Jerrold Wizzard   Composer
Steve Ace   Producer

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