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West Lafayette, Indiana’s Sara Melson adorns her folk-based material with enough studio color to stretch her sound in whatever direction she’s currently feeling. These songs began on an acoustic guitar or piano and could all be stripped down for a living room concert, but there’s a tug of war in Melson’s psyche and her melodies often reach for a sublime grandeur that ache for a larger theater. “Feel It Coming” opens the album with the sound of the sun breaking through the clouds, as cello and electric guitar expand Melson’s intimate universe. There’s a genuine optimism peeking out from Melson’s cautious observations and she clearly wants to believe in the “Happy Endings” she sings about. “Anywhere Anytime” powerwalks down the pavement with an insistent beat and a chorus that takes the rainy day ‘60s pop of Petula Clark and doses it with a shot of B-12. Most haunting is the slow piano crawl of “Never Been Hurt” that features a dark melody recalling Blue-era Joni Mitchell. “Fall Down” and “Nuclear Sun” indulge Melson’s studio experimentalism with futuristic keyboards and dissonant electronic noises accentuating her ambitious vocal choirs.

Customer Reviews

Worth the buy

I never heard of Sara Melson before and only gave her a quick listen before deciding to buy her entire album. I'm a sucker for female singer/songwriters and something in the tone of her voice made me feel like she was going to be good - just the right mixture of introspection & emotion and not too sappy. In fact, this album is probably going to be the best music purchase I will make all year. Since downloading, I've taken some time to savor her songs and quickly identified my favorites: Never Been Hurt and Birthday Song. I had Never Been Hurt on repeat for about 2 days in my car. The song tells the story of a woman who sounds like she's been around the block a few times and has been worn down by failed relationships and lost aspirations. She's not totally bitter or disillusioned, though. She's willing to risk her heart once again for a chance at love. She realizes the situation is not perfect and will probably be harmful, but she's resigned to falling into it again. It made me think about how we abandon ourselves so easily for the hope of love. It's sad but at the same time its necessary to our survival. We take risks in finding love because we need it so desperately. We need to take risks in life to find love in order to feel alive. I discovered Birthday Song tonight, actually, on my way to a late night meeting in the city. The song got me thinking about how lonely life can be and how it's really just too damn short. We take so many things for granted, i.e. relationships, love; but most of all we take time for granted. We're all going to get old and die eventually; here is a song about a woman who is finally realizing her mortality and praying for the grace of God to keep her safe. I broke down in tears and had one of those moments when you feel your reality shift. I realized I need to commit myself to living life to its fullest, and not just as some sort of cliche. I shouldn't take my youth and health for granted because those things will eventually fade away. Every song on this album is good and makes you think. This is just what I needed at this time in my life - a singer/songwriter who dares me to examine my life, feel my sorrows and find hope to live my life to its fullest. Although this may be too deep for many, it was well worth it for me.

The book is as good as its cover

I took a chance on this album because the cover is really cute. I can't believe how amazing the songs are. Sara sings with candor, heart and soul-bearing honesty. Her voice is raw and sensual (and the guitars rock)! Thirteen beautiful ballads and brilliant, high energy, power pop tracks - with a hint of folk, alt country and new wave in just the right places. There's not a sappy ballad or over-sugared song in the bunch. This is one to play loud while driving fast on a beautiful day, or to bring some sunshine to chase away the clouds. It is the most refreshing album about falling into love (Never Been Hurt) and surviving the aftermath (Happy Endings) that I have heard in years. Her characters are the women we should have fallen in love with, but for some reason, didn't. Is it too soon to name this album of the year?

A beautiful and solid album!

Wow... Sara Melson is on the scene and she is a force to be recokoned with! She is enchanting and haunting, sexy and grounded. She sings with a voice we can relate to and I am happy to hear something so new and fresh! You won't be disappointed! You will certainly find yourself humming her tunes days from now....

Dirty Mind, Sara Melson
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