Michel'le (album)

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Michel'le
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Studio album by Michel'le
Released October 23, 1989
Recorded 1988-1989
Genre
Length 45:28
Label Ruthless
Producer
Michel'le chronology
Michel'le
(1989)
Hung Jury
(1998)
Singles from Michel'le
  1. "No More Lies"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Nicety"
    Released: 1990
  3. "Keep Watchin'"
    Released: 1990
  4. "Something in My Heart"
    Released: 1990
  5. "If?"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Michel'le is the self-titled debut studio album by American recording artist Michel'le. It was released on October 23, 1989 on Ruthless Records and was produced by Dr. Dre of N.W.A. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America 5 weeks after its release.[3] To date the album has sold 1.3 million copies in the United States.

Commercial performance[edit]

Following its release the record reach #35 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Five singles were released, "No More Lies", "Nicety", "If?", "Something in My Heart" and "Keep Watchin'". The most successful being "No More Lies", which peak to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.[4]

New York rapper Tim Dog sampled the song "No More Lies" in his track "Fuck Compton", a diss song towards West Coast hip hop, from his 1991 album Penicillin on Wax. In 2004, P-Dub samped "Something in My Heart" in his song "4 Walls the After Effect". Song "If?" was sampled in Kehlani's 2014 song "As I Am".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "No More Lies"
3:49
2. "Nicety"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
3:26
3. "If?"
  • L. Goodman
  • A. Bolton
5:23
4. "Keep Watchin'"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
  • L. Goodman
  • T. Curry
4:24
5. "Something in My Heart"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
5:40
6. "100% Woman" A. Young 3:50
7. "Silly Love Song"
  • E. Johnson
  • M. Stokes
5:29
8. "Never Been in Love"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
3:41
9. "Close to Me"
  • M. Toussaint
  • L. Goodman
  • A. Young
5:39
10. "Special Thanks"
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
  • L. Goodman
2:33
11. "If?" (Reprise)
  • M. Toussaint
  • A. Young
1:34

Notes[5]

  • "Silly Love Song" is a cover of "Silly Love Song" by Enchantment (1977)

Samples[5]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Discogs[6]

  • Michel'le Toussaint - lead vocals, backing vocals (tracks 1, 8)
  • Michael Holmes - backing vocals (tracks 3, 11)
  • Denise West - backing vocals (track 7)
  • Karen Foster - backing vocals (track 7)
  • Vivien Jackson - backing vocals (track 7)
  • Andre "L.A. Dre" Bolton - keyboards, co-producer
  • Andre Young - keyboards (track 1), producer, mixing
  • Donald Tavie - keyboards (track 7)
  • Bruce "Mal" Malament - piano (tracks 3, 7, 11)
  • Stan Jones - bass & guitar (track 7)
  • Dennis Belfield - bass (tracks 3, 11)
  • Mike Sims - guitar, recording
  • Ron Krasinski - drums (tracks 3, 11)
  • Brian Kilgore - percussion
  • Michael Acosta - saxophone
  • William Zimmerman - saxophone
  • Brian Gardner - mastering
  • Antoine Carraby - mixing
  • Donovan "The Dirtbiker" Sound - recording
  • Eric Wright - executive producer
  • Jerry Heller - management
  • Elizabeth Barrett - design
  • David Roth - photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[7] 35
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Promis, Jose F.. Michel'le review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Michel'le review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. April 25, 1990. 
  4. ^ Michel'le - Chart Singles history. Billboard
  5. ^ a b "Michel'le on WhoSampled". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Michel'le - Michel'le". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Michel'le – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Michel'le.
  8. ^ "Michel'le – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Michel'le.