May 18, 2009 12:00 PM

Epiphany |

R&B

Chrisette Michele’s 2007 album I Am was one of the best R&B debuts in recent years. This follow-up is solid but somewhat disappointing. Gone are many of the neo-soul nuances that made I Am a more distinctive affair. With Ne-Yo cowriting six tracks, including the slinky single “Epiphany (I’m Leaving),” and serving as an executive producer, it’s good but more generic. Still, Michele’s jazzy, Sarah Vaughan-esque vocals add her own special sauce.

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