Rebellious Soul

Album Review of Rebellious Soul by K. Michelle.

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Rebellious Soul

K. Michelle

Rebellious Soul by K. Michelle

Release Date: Aug 13, 2013
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): R&B, Contemporary R&B

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Rebellious Soul - Fairly Good, Based on 5 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Back in 2009, K. Michelle was signed to the Jive-associated Hitz Committee label. She released some singles full of attitude, vulnerability, and humor, including "Fakin' It" -- a spectacular collaboration with Blac Elvis and Missy Elliott. None of the songs, remarkable as they were, threatened the upper reaches of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

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The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5

"All my life I've been struggling and stressing – that's why I come up in this bitch with aggression," sings K Michelle on the opening track of Rebellious Soul. It's as concise a summary of her MO as any: Michelle sings her pain with the passion of Mary J Blige, but with sharper elbows. Her tribulations have included single motherhood and domestic abuse, but it was her role on the MTV reality show Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta that paved the way for this debut album, which is as dramatic and raw as one might expect.

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PopMatters - 50
Based on rating 5/10

In one of K. Michelle’s earliest songs, “Fakin’ It”, the R&B singer bragged about her ability to pump up male egos: “I be frontin’, makin’ him think he’s somethin’ / Knowin’ I be lyin’ when I’m up, up on ‘em covers. ” She loves this guy, so she pretends she loves the sex, but the only thing giving her pleasure is the knowledge that she can play him easily—“I’m so good, I should become an actress.

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The New York Times
Their review was generally favourable

On the docu-soap “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” which just completed its second season on VH1, K. Michelle is reliably pugnacious and routinely aggrieved. On a cast full of fighters — after all, these sorts of shows are nouveau soaps, modern pop operas — she stands out for her quick temper and willingness to rumble. It can be tough to remember that behind all that pique is a boatload of genuine talent, looking for a way to break through.

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Fact Magazine (UK)
Their review was only somewhat favourable

Maybe it’s because it’s 2013 and this is how the game goes now, but in no other year could an r’n’b singer openly go on a reality TV show to get a record deal and not only come out unscathed, but succeed. After dramatic stints on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, K. Michelle signed to Atlantic and released her debut album Rebellious Soul to largely unexpected success.

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