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Album Review

A mirthful turnaround from the soul-searching breakup record Skin, Melissa Etheridge's Lucky is a breezy celebration of new romance. But it also revels in the easy freedom of making music unburdened by the itchy yoke of having something to prove. Eight albums and numerous accolades in, Etheridge finally seems comfortable in her skin. She's willing to play the record company game, juicing some tracks with sound-alike electronic programming and cutting an obvious play for Hot AC hit status in the sappy lead single "Breathe," a track cribbed from modern rock also-rans Greenwheel by Etheridge producer John Shanks. But despite Lucky's glossy, easily digestible tendencies, it still burns bright with the usual Etheridge fervor. Her love life has been common knowledge for quite a while, but Lucky might be her most unflinchingly honest record yet. Her chrome-plated heart is finally, fully out in the open — she's jazzed up about her new lady, and isn't afraid to sing about it. There's the challenging, brazen rock of "Come Out Tonight" ("Does your mama know who you're hangin' around/A souped up punk in a rock & roll gown, small town"), as well as "Kiss Me"'s come-hither slink, which is sexy at its highest volume. But as much as she still loves the unabashed, beer-soaked rocker, Etheridge's softer moments have continued to mature. "This Moment" is one place where the album's touches of synth work beautifully, building a romantic universe inside the chorus' fleeting passage of time. "Meet Me in the Dark" and the fabulous "Mercy" are even more personal, the latter employing accompanying vocalist Bernie Barlow to establish the dialog between the aging, wanting Etheridge and her vibrant new gal. Woah. Is it getting hot in here? But it's that directness that keeps the album and Etheridge herself vital after all the production niceties and mainstream curlicues have fallen away. Lucky's best stretch might be at its midpoint, "Secret Agent" and "Will You Still Love Me." The two tracks seamlessly blend each side of Melissa Etheridge — the bawdy rocker, the heartfelt searcher, and the talented songwriter — and prove that, in just her jacket and jeans, she can make a hit record for the mainstream that's as personal as a love letter.

Customer Reviews

AWESOME!!!!

I LOVE this CD. Melissa Etheridge is usually great, but this CD has got to be my favorite so far. Every single song on this CD is great, from the "f-you" attitude of Lucky to the "don't deny us" attitude of Tuesday Morning. This Moment, If You Want To, Breathe are such strong and sweet songs. My absolute favorite has to be Secret Agent though. I love this song. I highly recommend this album to anyone, whether you are a devoted fan or have never heard any of her music before.

So We're.... Lucky Now....

Yes, all of the songs on this album are happy. None are about longing, lost love, loneleness, or anything from the past. I must confess I have never cared for the title track but the entire rest of the album is super! From 'this moment' to 'breath' to the ballad 'meet me in the dark' featuring her piano playing not heard on an album since 'Never enough' on to 'tuesday morning' to 'come on out tonight' just saying get out and go have a good time and to the closeing track that speaks the truth and showes that Melissa is finally happy!

Great, A Little Uneven

Lucky is a very fun and uplifting album from ME, and her version of "Breathe" is one the greatest 3 minutes in music history. There are some other memorable tracks such as "If You Want To" and "This Moment" but the album does lose some of its momentum by the end. I think Melissa can make a better album than Lucky if she really put her mind to it, but I am happy with this nonetheless. Solid effort, could be better.

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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