The first album from Michelle Williams since her split from Columbia, Journey to Freedom marks the singer's return to contemporary gospel. Produced in its entirety by Harmony Samuels with songwriting input from Samuels, Lonny Bereal, and Courtney Harrell, among others, the album also features collaborations with the high-profile likes of Lecrae, Tye Tribbett, and Fantasia. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland join in on the Igbo-tinged "Say Yes," a celebratory finale. Most of the productions fall within the realm of contemporary R&B, while those that veer into classic soul, mainstream rock, and even contemporary country aren't far behind in quality. Regardless of classification, this is among Williams' best work, highlighted by "Need Your Help," "Fire," and "If We Had Your Eyes."
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman