Journey to Freedom (eOne Music)
by Michelle Williams
FOR FANS OF: Kierra Sheard, Fantasia, Le’andria Johnson
Rating: 4 Stars
Michelle Williams has roamed the world as one-third of the Grammy-winning supergroup Destiny’s Child. But in her first solo record in a halfdecade, the crystalclear soprano makes gospel her home with one of the year’s tightest inspirational sets. A star-studded guest lineup — Lecrae, Fantasia, Tye Tribbett and a reunion with Destiny’s Beyonce and Kelly Rowland on the declarative “Say Yes”— leverages the wide-ranged singer’s blend of R&B, hip-hop and beats-bathed pop on a fluent R&B set showcasing both broad skillfulnes and seamless accessibility.
– Andrew Greer
WE LIKE: “Need Your Help” (ft. Eric Dawkins)