More Issues Than Vogue

More Issues Than Vogue

by K. Michelle

CD

Overview

K. Michelle's career is a case study in the varying effects of commercial radio and reality television on the condition of 2010s R&B. After Kimberly Michelle Pate didn't receive proper support from her first label, her future in music was in flux. It took reality television stardom to prompt a second shot, a deal with major label Atlantic. Pate's first two albums, both great and firmly connected to soul with a modern and emotionally naked perspective, topped the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and went Top Five pop, yet a pair of its singles barely touched the Hot 100. Released while K. Michelle: My Life was nearing the end of its second season, More Issues Than Vogue wisely sticks to roughly the same makeup of Pate's first two albums. "Make the Bed," featuring Jason Derulo, takes a somewhat surprising shot at crossover play, but it's mostly in the production and the deployment of a melodic "oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh" in the background, something like the umpteenth instance of its use in contemporary dance-pop. The front placement of two T-Pain collaborations gets the album off to a strong, strutting start. Several of her established associates, such as Blac Elvis and Pop & Oak, eventually arrive to ensure a familiar mix of traditional structures and contemporary dressing. Pate doesn't receive a songwriting credit for any of the first seven songs, but the material does tend to suit her personality, most effectively throughout the dissatisfied "Nightstand," where she requests "Baby, please excuse my behavior, but can I get back the fucks that I gave ya?" The expletive is emphasized to signal that it definitely carries a double meaning. Pate is credited with the co-writing of the album's final five songs, highlighted by the moments when she's filing grievances, discarding a lover, and dropping her guard, possibly making the vocal booth glass rattle a bit in the process. There's also more countrified material in the mix, if in a fashion less obvious than the previous album's "God I Get It." Apart from the frivolous "Rich," this latter sequence is close to flawless, concluded with "Sleep Like a Baby," a scathing anti-lullaby.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2016
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678665615
catalogNumber: 544343

Album Credits

Performance Credits

K. Michelle   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Curtis Hudson   Guitar
Monisa Angell   Violin
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Andrae Alexander   Keyboards
Peter Lee Johnson   Strings
Step Crawford   Piano

Technical Credits

David Davidson   Orchestration
Eric Hudson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
OutKast   Engineer
Eric Dawkins   Vocal Producer
Jeff Pitzer   Engineer
Kelly Price   Composer,Producer
Sam Salter   Vocal Producer
André Benjamin   Composer
Antwan Patton   Composer
Patrick "Sleepy" Brown   Composer
Curtis "Sauce" Wilson   Vocal Producer
Michael Hernandez   Composer
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Composer
Jimmy Fontaine   Cover Photo
Lil Ronnie   Producer
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Elvis Williams   Composer
Eric Cire   Composer,Vocal Producer
Carmen Reece   Composer
Danja   Producer
Yung Berg   Vocal Producer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer,Engineer
Nick Bilardello   Art Direction
Jason Derülo   Composer
Faheem Najm   Composer,Producer
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Elvis "Blac Elvis" Williams   Producer
Ilsey Juber   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
Hitmaka   Producer,Vocal Producer
Mario Mims   Composer
Bianca Atterberry   Composer
K. Michelle   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jeremy Felton   Composer
Ronnie "Lil Ronnie" Jackson   Composer
Andrae Alexander   Composer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer
Katrina Taylor   Composer
Jesse Wilson   Composer
Nelson Kyle   Engineer
Ozan Yildirim   Composer
Rob Gold   Art Manager
James Abrahart   Composer
Austin Owens   Composer,Additional Production
Rosina "Soaky" Russell   Composer
Mekanics   Producer
Lovy Longomba   Composer,Producer
Jesse "Corparal" Wilson   Producer
Kimberly Pate   Composer
James Foye   Composer,Additional Production
Tinashe Sibanda   Composer
Drew Love   Composer
Pop & Oak   Producer
Critacal   Producer
Calvin Price   Composer
T-Collar   Producer
Arin Ray   Composer
Kesha Lee   Engineer
Thomas Burroughs   Engineer
Christian Ward   Composer

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