written by Carla Bynum
With two successful albums already under her belt, there’s no surprise that her third album More Issues Than Vogue debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart following its March 25th release.
K. Michelle revealed on her reality show, “K. Michelle: My Life,” that she wanted to try something sonically different for her third album. "I want to be able to sing what I want, If I want to be able to sing country, I want to be able to show that. I want to be able to sing ballads that touch the world and not just one demographic. I’m just not going to be told that because I’m black, I have to do this anymore."
“Got Em Like” features elements of Outkast’s song “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” from their sophomore album Aquemini. K. Michelle sings about how she has all the guys in the club mesmerized but she doesn’t give them the time of day unless they have a lot of money to spend.
The album’s second single “Ain’t You” was released on February 12th and debuted at number 41 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart on March 5th. K. Michelle sings about the one man who has her attention and how other guys are jealous of their relationship because they want to be with her instead.
The album’s lead single “Not A Little Bit” was released on January 22nd and has the soulful and heartfelt feel we are used to hearing from K. Michelle. She sings about finally moving on from a toxic relationship and the sense of freedom she feels when she rids herself of this person. She doesn’t even think of him or care about him anymore. The song was written and produced by Kelly Price and Elvis “Blac Elvis” Williams.
K. Michelle has found love on the track “If It Ain’t Love.” The relationship she is in is crazy and amazing at the same time but she wouldn’t trade it for anything. If this isn’t love she doesn’t know what love is.
Listeners are introduced to pop K. Michelle on the song “Make the Bed” featuring Jason DeRulo. She questions why they say they are going to be friends or make up the bed when they are going to mess both up. While this is a new sound for K. Michelle, it’s safe to say that pop K goes hard.
K. Michelle wishes she could get back the fucks she gave her ex on the song “Nightstand.” She expresses how she truly feels about her ex and how she gets more enjoyment from pleasing herself with what’s in her nightstand.
K. Michelle calls out all the unfaithful men in relationships on the song “These Men.” She even calls out guys she’s dated over the years, including Lance Stephenson, Bobby Maze, Memphitz, and Idris Elba.
If all K. Michelle has in her relationship is the love she was promised and a touch of her man’s body, she’s good on the track “All I Got.”
In a perfect world, K. Michelle pictures a relationship with a man who doesn’t waste her “Time,” puts her first, and showers her with unconditional love.
Rappers Trina and Yo Gotti join her on the braggadocios song “Rich” about how rich they are and they don’t care what anyone thinks of them. The best way to solve rich people problems is to keep getting richer.
K. Michelle contemplates whether she should let her man know that she is hurting every night while he’s “Sleep Like a Baby.”
The deluxe version of the album includes two additional songs, “Memphis” and “Life I Chose.”
While there are some noticeable differences on this album that K. Michelle fans may not expect from her compared to her previous records, More Issues Than Vogue is still a heartfelt and real album. K. Michelle isn’t known to bite her tongue and it shows through her music. Her music has always been relatable and that does not change on her third album.
Recommended Tracks: “Time,” “Got Em Like,” “These Men,” “Sleep Like A Baby”