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."