Epiphany "I am not your porcelain doll," Michele tells a soon-to-be ex in one of the many breakup songs included on her sophomore disc. Judging by… Epiphany "I am not your porcelain doll," Michele tells a soon-to-be ex in one of the many breakup songs included on her sophomore disc. Judging by… 2009-05-19 Chrisette Michele R&B
Music Review

Epiphany (2009)

NEO-SOUL: Debut from Chrisette Michele
NEO-SOUL: Debut from Chrisette Michele
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 19, 2009; Lead Performance: Chrisette Michele; Genre: R&B

''I am not your porcelain doll,'' Michele tells a soon-to-be ex in one of the many breakup songs included on her sophomore disc. Judging by the fiery vocal performances found throughout the disc, you had better believe her; this neo-soul siren is all flesh and blood. Yet while it makes a virtue of Michele's strong-female fortitude, Epiphany all too rarely balances that heat with hooks — surprising, given the participation of Ne-Yo, R&B's premier melody man. Only in ''Mr. Right,'' a toe-tapping Motown throwback, does she sound like the battle was worth winning. C

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Originally posted May 18, 2009 Published in issue #1049 May 29, 2009 Order article reprints