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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 5, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00001WRO7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Amazon.com "There's a place that we must go: into the soul, into the heart, into the dark" sings Melissa Etheridge in "Into the Dark"; it might serve as the refrain for the entire album, her first since 1995's Your Little Secret. In Breakdown, the singer-songwriter returns to the studio recharged and with a newfound confessional maturity that is at once vulnerable and searingly direct. Despite her phenomenal successes, Etheridge confronts the insecurities of obsessive desire ("Angels Would Fall," with its intricate overlay of religious imagery, touches a new level compared to the savage rawness of her classic "Like the Way I Do"), a bitter breakup ("Stronger than Me"), and an adolescent's confused sexual identity ("Mama I'm Strange"). This journey into the heart of darkness comprises not only sharp-edged self-reflection but also the painful vision of "Scarecrow," a drum & bass-anchored lament for gay murder victim Matthew Shepard. There's a therapeutic sense of catharsis throughout that makes the serenity of "My Lover" and "Sleep" seem like a hard-earned conclusion. With her vocals steely, acid-washed, and forthright as ever, Etheridge and coproducer/lead guitarist John Shanks concoct a rich and tightly webbed acoustic-and-amplified soundscape. Several of the songs have a sameness of tone, but Etheridge's passion never sounds fake, whether in the guitar-charged chorus of the title track or "Enough of Me"'s gently rising chords. And in its total effect, Etheridge's Breakdown sounds a lot more like a breakthrough to still a higher level.

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"There's a place that we must go: into the soul, into the heart, into the dark" sings Melissa Etheridge in "Into the Dark"; it might serve as the refrain for the entire album, her first since 1995's Your Little Secret. In Breakdown, the singer-songwriter returns to the studio recharged and with a newfound confessional maturity that is at once vulnerable and searingly direct. Despite her phenomenal successes, Etheridge confronts the insecurities of obsessive desire ("Angels Would Fall," with its intricate overlay of religious imagery, touches a new level compared to the savage rawness of her classic "Like the Way I Do"), a bitter breakup ("Stronger than Me"), and an adolescent's confused sexual identity ("Mama I'm Strange"). This journey into the heart of darkness comprises not only sharp-edged self-reflection but also the painful vision of "Scarecrow," a drum & bass-anchored lament for gay murder victim Matthew Shepard. There's a therapeutic sense of catharsis throughout that makes the serenity of "My Lover" and "Sleep" seem like a hard-earned conclusion. With her vocals steely, acid-washed, and forthright as ever, Etheridge and coproducer/lead guitarist John Shanks concoct a rich and tightly webbed acoustic-and-amplified soundscape. Several of the songs have a sameness of tone, but Etheridge's passion never sounds fake, whether in the guitar-charged chorus of the title track or "Enough of Me"'s gently rising chords. And in its total effect, Etheridge's Breakdown sounds a lot more like a breakthrough to still a higher level. --Tom May

Customer Reviews

Thanx Melissa for the powerful music.
Monica Shoemaker (shoemon@hotmail.com)
The music and lyrics of these strong, well-written songs have been haunting me (pleasantly) constantly.
Amazon Customer
A nice comfortable CD this time,makes you want to kick off the shoes ,grab the one you love and get cozy!
Elaine

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Désirée Greverud on January 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My intial review (written after only 2 or 3 listens) is gone but now I've have several months to live with this disc and played it dozens of times as well as see her live for the 8th time. This CD has really grown on me. It is far more introspective than anything she has done before and closest musically to the underappreciated "Never Enough" album, but only in that it's more an "experimental" sound (like Never Enough was). The album starts strong with Breakdown, Angels Would Fall and Stronger Than Me, all three are fairly typical Melissa songs about the pain inherent in relationships- whatever kind they might be. Angels, the single, is actually the weakest of the 3. The first taste of something different is the brooding power ballad Into the Dark. Moody and atmospheric may best describe this descent into the soul. "Enough of Me" return to a more rock tone with lyrics that cut to the heart, perhaps her best ever. "Truth of the Heart" follows, an enjoyable song but not anything special. The dance rhythms last seen on Never Enough resurface on "Mama I'm Strange" a lament/declaration of alternate sexuality with a fun beat and happy feel. The emotional highpoint of the record is "Scarecrow" The imagery is disturbing and heartfelt. It took me 7 or 8 times through the album before I could listen to this track without crying. It's a tough song to follow which is why i think "How Would I know" is the weak link on the CD. It's only an OK Melissa song and it's placement on the disc guarentees it's unmemorableness.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Marshall on October 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It's been four years since the last album from Melissa Etheridge, 1995's Your Little Secret, and it could be her best yet. Her songwriting has matured--both lyrically and musically. She takes chances on the album, and they really pay off for her. The best songs are the ones where she keeps her voice in check and doesn't try to over sing (as she's done in the past). When she stays within her range, she sounds great. She can still rock out. It's just a little more refined now.
The disc gets off to a great start with the title track, and stays fairly consistent until she gets to "Enough of Me." This is the only song on the disc that sounds like she's overdoing it. "Into the Dark" is one of the many highlights, with its cool atmospheric groove and ethereal background vocals. Etheridge rocks out on "Mama I'm Strange," a song that addresses her sexuality. "Scarecrow" is a song dedicated to the family and friends of murder victim Matthew Shepard. Steve Ferrone's drumming on the track is excellent. The other standout track is "My Lover." This song ranks right up there with her best material.
Breakdown also includes enhanced CD material: an interview with Etheridge on the making of the video for "Angels Would Fall," photos, lyrics to all the songs, and links to her website. All said, this is a powerful and passionate new album from one of the best female performers around. The CD also comes in a limited edition digipak with 3 bonus tracks and different cover art. The downside to this version is that if you want to see the lyrics, you need to have a PC. The choice is yours. Either way, it's a great CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Zuurbier on June 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Melissa Etheridge finally returned with a new album in October 1999, which is her most daring, creative work to date. This album would be Breakdown, her first since 1995's Your Little Secret. Let me start by saying this album is quite a bit mellower than her past releases. Motherhood has deeply affected Melissa, and the calming affect of this cd is incredible. Not to say there are not the rockin songs fans would come to expect from Melissa, they are here too. Starting with the lead single, Angels Would Fall. Excellent first single choice, one of the best songs on the album. As well there is Scarecrow, which is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard, who was brutally beaten up for his sexuality. Another high energy song is Mama I'm Strange and the title track, as well as Enough of Me (the second single). On the mellower side there is the reflective mood of Melissa on songs like Truth of the Heart, Into The Dark, Sleep, My Lover, and How Would I Know. If you were lucky enough to pick this album up when it was first released, you probably would have bought the limited edition release which included different packaging, different photographs, and 3 bonus tracks (Touch and Go, Cherry Avenue and Beloved). This is an album you need to sit down and digest, let Melissa's voice calm and enlighten you as you listen to it near a fire with a glass of wine.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on July 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Melissa Etheridge had gone four long years without releasing an album. Being a long-time fan, I was waiting impatiently for "Breakdown". The day it came out, I drove twenty-five miles, the nearest music store from my town, to buy the CD. However, I only had one hour and a half to get back home to watch "That 70's Show". That day, I listened to it. I discovered that "Breakdown's" quality was worth the long adventure.
She pours her heart and soul honestly and bluntly through every track she sings. "Angels Would Fall" stands out the entire CD. "Scarecrow" is a magnificent, heartfelt dedication to the late Matthew Shepard. "Breakdown", the track, expresses how "nuts" she goes sometimes, one of the more honest of the CD.
"Breakdown's" raw emotions prove that one could debate if Etheridge is the next Janis Joplin. Any fan of either of the two brilliant artists will love this CD.
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