Love 'Em All
Label: Atlantic Records
"I know it's easy to point the finger at me, because I say the things that only I think," sings K Michelle on "Judge Me." It sounds like more arrogance from a woman who had declared herself a Rebellious Soul, but it's really a plea for our respect. She earns it here. "Who's going to pick me up?" she asks over the throwback beat of "Going Under," then retreats to "God I Get It" as she admits her failings over a country-pop arrangement. She portrays love's ups and downs, from the erotica of "Something About the Night" to the unchecked tears of "Cry," through her powerfully effective voice.