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Pop Masters: Stoneground Words

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Album Review

Sadly, "Brand New Key" had sounded the death knell on Melanie's commercial prospects. Stoneground Words was in another class altogether — a mature, intelligent and ambitious work, easily as good as most singer/songwriter fare of its time. Building on Gather Me's better moments, Melanie effectively shed her cuteness but didn't get cynical, either. The lyrics of "Summer Weaving," "Do You Believe," and "I Am Not a Poet" have a pretty, almost painterly quality, and Melanie's ear for an interesting melody was at its strongest. Session heavyweights Sal DeTroia and Hugh McCracken, as well as the first-rate arrangements of Roger Kellaway, ensure Stoneground Words' status as an under-heard classic. What should have been a renaissance ended up a mere footnote to Melanie's glory days.

Biography

Born: 03 February 1947 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No talent who came out of Woodstock and who continued actively performing more than a quarter century later remained as closely associated with the 1960s and "flower power" than Melanie. Born Melanie Safka in Astoria, Queens, in 1947, she made her first public appearance at age four on a radio show, later studying at the New York Academy of Fine Arts. After mounting a singing career while in college, she later sang in clubs in Greenwich Village, and was signed to a publishing contract in 1967. She...
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