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2010 album from the best-selling singer/songwriter. The album was produced by John Shanks, whose first producer credit was Etheridge's Breakdown, her four-time Grammy-nominated album of 1999. Fearless Love expands on the multiple strengths that have made Etheridge one of the most beloved figures in Rock. It follows The Awakening, her revealing album of 2007, with a rousing tone at once tough and tender, as only she can be. It is that force of presence which has earned her, among other accolades, the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and two Grammy Awards.

About the Artist

"This album had to be about the songs," says Melissa Etheridge of her tenth studio album, Fearless Love.

This is typical of Melissa, because putting the songs first is one of the hallmarks of her career. From our introduction to her in 1988, and throughout her illustrious career, Etheridge has never forgotten that it all begins with the songs. She has poured everything into those songs and they have served her well. Those songs--"Bring Me Some Water," "Ain't it Heavy," "I'm the Only One," "Come to My Window," "I Want to Come Over," "Angels Would Fall," "I Run for Life" and "I Need to Wake Up" among them--have rewarded her with five Platinum albums (including the multi-Platinum sets Melissa Etheridge, Your Little Secret and the six-million-selling Yes I Am), a pair of Grammys®, an Oscar®, an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year honor and the ASCAP Founders Award. Easily one of the greatest all-time female rock icons, Melissa Etheridge is also a mother and a cancer survivor. She is an outspoken cultural, political and human rights activist, a thought-provoker and a longtime truth-seeker. With Fearless Love, which comes out April 27th, 2010, on Island Records, she is at the top of her game. In early 2009, Etheridge began to think about her next album. She was thinking about what to write about and it hit her. "Everything is either fear or love," she says. "As I started writing, the working title of the album was Songs of Love and Fear because each song had an ingredient of love and fear, and the battle between the two." The first new song, a dramatic number called "To be Loved," came out much darker than the album as a whole. As more songs were written, potential singles began to emerge: "Indiana," a ballad-cum-monster-of-a-rocker that relates the story of a girl who has overcome a difficult childhood in the Heartland; "The Wanting of You," a classic Etheridge rocker based on the story of a small-town, Midwestern girl who lives in fear of the life-changing choices she's made; and "Company," a mid-tempo rocker that will all undoubtedly amass plenty of airplay in 2010. The big Pete Townshend-inspired power chords in "Company" are an example of Etheridge's propensity for proudly displaying her influences on Fearless Love; listen carefully and you'll hear a U2-like guitar line here, a ZZ Top-like lick there, some Led Zeppelin-style rock for all to hear. "I wanted to unabashedly use the influences I've had all my life," Etheridge explains, "I wanted to present them in this album, and honor them and respect them." Also influencing Fearless Love were Melissa's four kids. "I can't help but be influenced now by my children. I said I was thinking of calling the album Songs of Love and Fear and my daughter said, `No mom, that's way too long.' `It has to be about love and fear,' I said, `so how about Fearless?' `That's Taylor Swift's song,' she told me, `what about Fearless Love?' `That's perfect,' I thought. `Now I have to write a song called "Fearless Love."' And so she did, and when the modern rocker with the full-throttle guitar attack became the first single it immediately assaulted the Hot AC and Adult Album Alternative radio charts. To make Fearless Love, Etheridge invited old friend John Shanks to produce and play guitar. "I like to tell people I discovered John Shanks," she teases. "He toured as my guitar player on my very first tour and he worked with me from 1993 to 1999." Shanks' first production credit came when he co-produced Melissa's 1999 effort, Breakdown. " "After that he went on to produce Michelle Branch, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette--he's Mr. Pop guy now. He's done quite well," Notes Etheridge. The 2005 Grammy® winner for Producer of the Year has written with and produced an A+ list of stars including Carlos Santana, Celine Dion, Sting, Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, Jewel, Robbie Robertson, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson and Rod Stewart. "I hadn't done a whole project with him since Breakdown, so I called him up and said, `John, I want a whole album, the way great rock and roll groups used to do it where they would go away, live together and give their time and energy just to the music.'" So Etheridge, Shanks and a new core band--bassist Sean Hurley (Ringo Starr, Josh Groban, Alicia Keys), drummer Victor Indrizzo (Willie Nelson, Five For Fighting, Colbie Caillat) and keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow)--moved into Malibu, California's Document Room studios where they cut the basic tracks as live as possible. "John gathered these incredible musicians that I had never worked with," Etheridge beams, "and he dedicated himself day and night to this album. I'm extremely proud of how it sounds--Fearless Love was exactly what I intended when I first spoke with him." Fearless Love arrives two and a half years after her autobiographical The Awakening and six years after her battle with breast cancer. At this point, her accomplishments are endless and well-documented. This has allowed Melissa Etheridge to find herself in the enviable position of being able to make exactly the music she hears in her head and feels in her heart. In 2010, that music embodies much of what we've come to anticipate from Etheridge--giant, soaring melodies, her bold, expressive voice, plenty of musical, lyrical and emotional drama--and it also embraces a freshness, with the appearance of mandolin and more piano, and guest vocals from Joss Stone and Natasha Bedingfield. Fearless Love offers pounding rockers and whisper-light ballads, and nods to her musical muses are tastefully sprinkled to and fro. Fearless Love pulls no punches--again, very typical of Melissa Etheridge--as it expands the musical and topical boundaries that she has never stopped redrawing.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0034BW8ZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dimi8x on April 27, 2010
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While I was downloading this album from iTunes, I noticed a rating given to each song--and those ratings weren't all that great. "Fearless" was up there, as were the bonus tracks, but the others were in the 2-3 star category. I wondered what I had gotten myself into, until I started playing the album. This is Melissa at her best, as good as any CD of hers that I have, and better than some! Melissa is about my age, so the comment here about her sounding old is--of course (lol)--preposterous! If you love Melissa Etheridge's style, lyrics, power, and sound as much as I do, you will love this album.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By OrangeCrush on April 27, 2010
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I will make this short and sweet. I am not even a big Melissa Ethridge fan and even I have to admit that this is outstanding work. I know she has had a recent battle with cancer and I can only guess that going through that whole experience and coming out the other end ok has really rejuvenated her passion for not only life itself but also singing and songwriting as well. My wife is a big fan of hers so even tho I am not a big fan I am knowledgeable in regards to her work and this is easily her best work in a long long time. If you are an Etheridge fan then buying this album should be a no brainer and even if you aren't a big Etheridge fan you should definitely give it a listen. You just might wind up really enjoying it, I know I have.

5 Stars!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Reiff on April 27, 2010
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Absolutely amazing album. She is truely one of the best artist of our time. Highly underrated her lyrics stand with Springsteen and other artists. If you don't buy the album I'm thinking maybe you shouldn't review it but hey to each their own. This album has so much emotion behind it and so much power if you LIKE Melissa and you have BOUGHT her other albums you will def like this one
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Désirée Greverud on April 29, 2010
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Truth in advertising: I have been an unabashed Melissa fan since day 1. I know all the lyrics and I have seen her live 8 times. She is easily my favorite artist of all time. However... her output since Yes I Am has been... inconsistant. Your Little Secret sounded like the batch of songs that were left off Yes I Am. After a break she roared back with the amazing Breakdown, the most mature album of her career. But that was followed by Skin, a record that, while emotionally pure (as nearly all her work is) was simply lacking in good melodies or riffs and ultimately was rather forgettable. Lucky was an attempt at another big fun rock record and while the riffs were there, this time it was the lack of strong lyrics that let her down. The Awakening was a very somber record, understandably so, but not what fans of "Bring Me Some Water" may be looking for. Her seasonal album A New Thought for Christmas had some moments of a return to form, but seems trapped in its own concept.

Which brings us to her new album Fearless Love. For the first time since Breakdown, I am truly excited about a new Melissa album. Her lyrical focus has expanded beyond her usual repertoire of love, longing & loss to encompass more political concerns and her sharp turns of phrase that seem to have abandon her on Lucky and Awakening have returned. Best of all, this album ROCKS. Fearless Love may not be the sing a long that Like the Way I Do or If I Wanted to are, but it still will stick in your head and have you bopping your head along and pounding your fists. Miss California is a great indictment of the Prop 8 fiasco in California and has the added bonus of being read as a slap at former Miss California/bigot Carrie Prejean.

The band she has assembled is tight and straightforward.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dirty Martini on April 28, 2010
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Melissa is, by far, one of the most underrated stars of all time.

This woman can rock.
This woman can tell a story.
This woman pierces your soul like no other.

Passion + Rock n'Roll = Perfection

Buy it.
Sing loud.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan N. on April 28, 2010
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I have always appreciated Melissas journey. I remember being a young teenager and haphazardly finding "Yes I Am" on the floor at a friends house, popping it in and just being blown away by this voice, the music and most of all the heart put into it. I have been a fan since... and on this journey we have seen through a lot of pain, two divorces, 4 children, an Oscar, a book, countless touring hours, cancer, survival, fearlessness and finally an awakening to a more talented and amazing sense of awareness as an artist. Melissa doesnt sing about heartache anymore, she sings about life. She sings about triumph. I appreciate this. Truely one of my heroes.

This album is very driving and VERY much influenced by her own musical heros. I hear bits of John Lennon, Bob Segar and most definately U2. These three stand out most to me. Her writing is very much shot in the vein of Springsteen. Parts of this album are epic (see: "Indiana") and parts are reflective. For the very first time I have a sense of who Melissa is as a strong woman. Not who Melissa is, in love, in pain from love or in a reactive frame of mind (ie: "The Awakening"). She also incidentally is rocking out harder on this album than I have seen since "Your Little Secret" and "Yes I Am". The chord structures are the most complex I have ever seen her use. There was thought put into this record. For a while I thought we were going to have another "Breakdown" after her most recent divorce but this is not the case at all. What I got was a thoughtful record, full of melody, heart and THAT VOICE. That beautiful, powerful VOICE.

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