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Album Review

Cowabonga is the strongest of Melanie's '80s experiments. It's depressing to hear her struggling amid a Starship/Bonnie Tyler rock-sludge milieu, but persistence pays off because the album conceals some strong moments, particularly the self-assertive "Racing Heart." She actually sounds happy to be recording, which makes a change after the half-hearted albums of the early '80s. The rot only sets in on a few pieces — an updated, electronic "Ruby Tuesday" is a mistake through and through, and "Show You" is a valiant try for ballsy, foot-tapping guitar rock that fails. Those errors of judgment aside, Cowabonga is halfway toward a return to form.


Born: February 3, 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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