ALBUM REVIEW: Chrisette Michele, ‘Better’

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Since 2010’s “Let Freedom Reign” Michele has undergone a lifestyle and appearance makeover, but her commanding vocals and savvy song sense remain intact on her fine new disc. Michele is one of the most expressive, technically adept singers in pop, and she’s particularly engaged on these tracks which chart the journey to self realization and genuine love. Besides the breezy “Can the Cool Be Loved,” some of the jazzy influence of her first two records has mostly disappeared, but her fluid vocals and phrasing infuse each lyric with an unmatched depth.

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