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Editors’ Notes

Melissa Etheridge, the person, has always mirrored Melissa Etheridge, the artist. For three decades she has built her following performing songs that are both anthemic and extremely personal, built to be performed in arenas and contemplated in the home. Etheridge claims The Awakening is a concept album, and its life affirming message is clearly a result of her battle with breast cancer. As a survivor, it has given her a taste of mortality and an appreciation for the simple joys of day to day life. She needs to communicate these new feelings and it extends to the chatty confessionals in the lyrics (“An Unexpected Rain”) and the heroic drama she has always sought in her music. There is nothing here that Etheridge hasn’t done before musically, but the message is updated and her melodies are every bit as strong and deliberate as ever. “California,” “Message to Myself” and “God Is In the People “ are packed with personal quirks alongside catchy choruses and universal feelings of love and struggle.

Customer Reviews

Great CD but iTunes Pre-Orders has issues

I've heard the whole CD by now and I agree with many of the reviews, it's very different from her past material lyrically and it's one of her best. The 2nd half of the CD is amazing and it and she deserves all the praise it gets. iTunes - IT WOULD BE NICE IF, BY 6AM we could download a PRE ORDER!!! THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. I CAN BUY THE THING BUT CAN"T GET AT MY PRE-ORDER. This has been true since launch and should have been fixed ages ago. We get penalized for pre-ordering. How stupid.

Great Music to date

This i would have to say is Melissa going back to her best way of making music and this time she is happy, you can tell she is loved and happy in the place she is. Great for her, I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Fantastic awakening

Every song on this album is great from California which is a rocking pop song to an unexpected rain which is emotional. Map of the stars is a warning to anyone seeking fame. The kingdom of heaven should be listened to by everyone as well is open your mind overall great job Melissa!

Biography

Born: May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, KS

Genre: Rock

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

Melissa Etheridge became one of the most popular recording artists of the '90s due to her mixture of confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, Janis Joplin/Rod Stewart-esque vocals. But the road to stardom was not all smooth sailing for Etheridge as she debated behind the scenes whether or not to disclose to the public that she was gay early on in her career. Born May 29, 1961, in Leavenworth, Kansas, Etheridge first picked up the guitar at the age of eight and began penning her own songs...
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