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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Right On Records
  • ASIN: B000IONKVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The sixth release on Melissa's own Right On Records, this disc maintains all of the passion of previous Ferrick albums, yet is infused with a new invigorated sense of urgency. Produced by Ethan Allen (Throwing Muses, Patty Griffin) the album's all-star cast of musicians include Daren Hahn, Julie Wolf, Tegan Quin, Erin McKeown, Natalia Zukerman and Rachael Davis. The emotional honesty of her lyrics, the force of her vocal delivery and the disciplined fury of her musicianship all come together on this disc to create her strongest release to date.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Andersen on October 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
After a two-year hiatus of touring and falling in love, Melissa has returned with an album which rivals "Freedom" for passion and intensity. But guess what, fans? This time she's got a band! Yep, that's right, on In The Eyes of Strangers, Melissa has fully developed her inner rock star and expanded her usual folk-rock sound to include the keyboards of Julie Wolf and the pulsing drums of Daren Hahn. To me, each Ferrick album sounds like shadowy blueprints for her impassioned live sound, but with this record, she has created something which truly stands on its own with, dare I say, a pop rock sound. I'll take you through it, track by track.

Never Give Up: In a perfect world, this would be a single for Melissa; it's got a very catchy rhythm. This track is light, peppy and free, and beautifully sets the tone for the record. Natalia Zukerman accompanies on dobro and Tegan (of Tegan and Sara) provides backup vocals.

Inside: Formerly a charged but acoustic song, this song is fully reinvented with organ and that marvelous drumming. Listen to the brief organ interlude near the end of the track and prepare to be enraptured.

Everything You Get: Erin McKeown provides a fun electric guitar part on this track, but Melissa's vocals are at the forefront. Julie provides "poolymoog keyboard bass" and "clavinet, grand piano". I have no idea what a polymoog keyboard bass but it sure sounds cool. The chorus is joyous, with Melissa questioning "nothing is wrong, maybe that's what it is."

Closer: This one also would fit beautifully on radio. The guitar part is catchy and carefree; I think of this song as "Everything I Need" but more grown up. Backing up Melissa's guitar is Julie Wolf on piano. Remember in "E-mail" how Melissa sang "the journey is the destination"?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bandra Shark on January 11, 2007
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This is not the old Melissa Ferrick...but change is not a bad thing. After all, who wants the same thing for dinner every night? Her talent as a guitarist and singer still shines through on every song. The songs are richer in musical depth than past efforts, with the same insightful lyrics Melissa always delivers.
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I've been a fan of Melissa Ferrick for years and years now. I own every album (i even finally got ahold of Made of Honor on iTunes), i've been to several shows. This may be my least favorite of her albums.

The pure and simple fact is that what i like about her music is the simplicity, the emotive presence, the power of her voice and her guitar. In The Eyes of Strangers is the most produced of her albums. It's smooth, clean, and utterly unlike most of her previous work, utterly devoid of the features i most craved.

I got Six for Six before Eyes of Strangers came out, and i love most of the tracks. Rest Now may be my favorite Ferrick song ever. Then i got Eyes of Strangers, my hopes so high, and was... disappointed. The acoustic version of Rest Now on Six for Six is visceral, powerful, you can feel the loss deep into your bones. On Eyes of Strangers, it's just a song. Good lyrics, nice melody, all that, but just a song.

If that's what i wanted, i wouldn't be listening to alt-folk-rockers from Boston, i'd be listening to the radio.
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By JC on September 23, 2007
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I have all of Melissa's albums and this one truly is her greatest accomplishment to date. It's my favorite!
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