Reine De Coeur
Released: Nov 2007
Label: Production Cheval De Feu
Emeline Michel's ninth album is an effortless tour de force, moving from strength to strength and steeped in the island rhythms that formed her. Reine Du Coeur also taps into a jazzy, urbane edge, giving it global appeal. Michel penned these songs in Haiti and Africa, but her vocal dynamism recalls Sarah Vaughan -- sexy and imploring one minute, plumbing the depths the next. (And she's not afraid of a ballad!) She duets with Awa Sissao of Burkina Faso on "Awa" and Daniel Beaubrun on "Yon Ti Mo."