4th Street Feeling [+digital booklet]

September 4, 2012 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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Digital Booklet: 4th Street Feeling

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  • Label: Island Records
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  • Total Length: 45:36
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  • ASIN: B0092MLI3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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Excellent songwriting & music (more than usual).
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I saw Melissa in concert for the first time last year and totally loved it.
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For anyone who likes music, I would highly recommend this album!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on September 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The sound that pervades "4th Street Feeling," Melissa Etheridge's stark, strutting, sometimes bluesy homage to her Americana roots, is one of simple assuredness - the kind that comes when an artist is more interested in expression and craft than commercial viability.

What logically accompanies are touches of blatant overtness and occasional broad strokes, since precious few are stationed at the editing board - as a matter of fact, the LP marks the first time Etheridge plays every guitar part - but her unbridled passion, long her unspoken calling card, carries the melodic and emotional weight, anchoring one of her finest sets of tunes.

"The Shadow of a Black Crow" and "A Disaster," are among the darkest songs she has ever committed to disc, informed by the unfortunate circumstances of her personal life in recent years. She wrings out her soul, coaxing heartrending, stirring melodies and incisive, picturesque lyrics that instantly impress and characterize the album.

Even the groovy, earthy "Be Real," which at first reads like Etheridge's advice to misguided young Hollywoodites and their worshippers, broods and simmers with a venomous bite. Still, for all her anxiety and pain, Etheridge never hits below the belt or spells things out too clearly, with the only exception the righteous, rocking "Sympathy."

Not all is dour, of course. Etheridge has long proven herself a rarity - an introspective singer/songwriter who can express even her joy and triumph with surprising originality - and she lives up to that here with the lilting, positively romantic "I Can Wait" and the coyly sensuous "Rock and Roll Me." Even "Falling Up," which shares its title and spirituality with Rickie Lee Jones' 2007 single, is its own heartening call to draw the curtains firmly open.

Etheridge is in fine form on "4th Street Feeling." Her longtime listeners know what to expect of her, and much of that is here to be appreciated and savored.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 6, 2012
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Melissa Etheridge has released her latest album, "4th Street Feeling", and I must say it is her best recording in years especially after a series of CD's failed to peak my interest. Perhaps it was simply the songs on those albums I didn't care for or the production, but in this, her 12th studio album, Melissa is back at the top of her game.

She has said she wanted to celebrate her 51 years of living and of "going around the sun 51 times". As mosy know Melissa has had her share of heartache in recent years...her battle with cancer and a terrible breakup with a former lover that left her scarred. Perhaps it was the later that inspired her to write 12 of the best songs of her career as they are insightful, autobiographical and thought-provoking and as any serious songwriter will tell you the best songs they can compise are from reliving real-life experiences.

Melissa says her influences on "4th Street Feeling" are from country to rock to R&B to folk and soul. Says Etheride, "I grew up with one radio station-one AM station that would play Tammy Wynette, then Marvin Gay then Led Zepplin. So I never thought there being a difference between these genres".

My favorite cuts on this remarkable release include "A Disaster" where Missy talks about saying goodbye to the enemy, "Be Real" where she sings about selling her soul to fame and "Symathy" starts off with the line, "There's a liar in your bed", in reference to her former lover.

I predict that come February when the Grammy nominations are announced Melissa Etheridge will indeed receive multiple noms. Melissa...welcome back and I must say you are in top form both as a singer and most impressively as a songwriter. WOW!!!

A+++
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ernest le Ennui on September 5, 2012
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The other two reviewers are right on target. This is a fabulous, unbelievably wonderful Melissa Etheridge-at-her-best album. I listened to the samples while searching through Amazon's offerings. After the first snippet I knew I was paying full price for the album. After the second sample I knew I was paying full price for the deluxe version. I purchased the album and have just finished listening to it, stem to stern. I have purchased literally a couple hundred albums in the past year. This is already my favorite. I have now put it on loop. You will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Bates on September 19, 2012
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Another great CD from Melissa Etheridge. She just keeps stringing together a consistent career of quality songs and this disk is no exception. I will leave the track by track review to the pros, and to those with the time. What I will say, is that if you are a Melissa Etheridge fan, you will want to add this release to your collection quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim the Music Lover on September 5, 2012
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I was hesitant to purchase the new album by Melissa Etheridge 4th Street Feeling after being very disappointed in the last few (I LOVED her first two). But after listening to some clips I decided to go ahead and give it a try. OMGosh! This is an incredible, back to her roots and forward to many good things to come, from the guts, from the heart album.

From the opening licks of Kansas City Melissa has you out on the road traveling with her.. you can see it and feel it and the intensity of the ache. The Title Track 4th Street Feeling begins with a lighter sound, more introspective, again her story-telling is incredible.

Falling up - the song she released before the album has a nice bouncy beat you can dance to at a concert I'm sure. It's about lessons learned and moving on. Hard to learn lessons but ya gotta go on, something we can all relate to.

I LOVE Shout Now. Great rifts, kinda bluesy. I'm sure I will be blasting this one through my house!!!!

Another favorite of mine is Shadow of a Black Crow. Kind of eerie sounding, bluesy, but the refrain "I would rather die fast than to ever live slow" is great and she references back to those Marlboro Reds which I think is great!

Be Real is a funky song that starts out "why can't you be real"- yeah... another one we can probably all relate to.

A disaster brings in piano which is a nice enhancement. It has a nice tune (although at the beginning I thought -- Witchy Woman by the Eagles).

Sympathy is another of my fav's - heavy, strong, indignant. Shows her passion and intensity.

Enough Rain = this one made me cry... gosh, she's just amazing in her depth, she's grown a lot and experienced a lot over the years.

Sacred Heart - words are great..
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