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1 x CD Album
Europe 2001

1Lover Please3:27
2The Prison5:00
3Walking On Water3:05
4Down To One3:56
6It's Only Me3:40
7I Want To Be In Love3:34
8Please Forgive Me4:43
9The Different4:07
10Heal Me3:39

During the dark days of the singer's split from Julie Cypher, her companion of 12 years, Melissa Etheridge retreated to her home studio to pen songs lit from within with her searing pain and confusion. From those heart-wrenching sessions comes arguably Etheridge's finest work. She vents and rages and all but spits on her Tony Llama boots, giving these 10 songs a depth and grit that she only hinted at in her prior six albums. And those early albums were plenty gritty. But early tunes such as "Come to My Window," and "Yes I Am" don't approach the naked vulnerability heard here--even though the breakup was hinted at in "Stronger Than Me," on 1999's Breakdown. Skin peels back layers of Etheridge's pain and addresses her personal melodrama in such a compelling way that her despair is transmuted into true art, as she takes the listener through the stages of grief and recovery. And what a journey, beginning with the bristling "Lover Please" ("Didn't I love you right / Then tell me where are you going dressed to kill tonight? / Oh, this one's gonna hurt like hell") and ending with the stirring "Heal Me," which features background vocals by famous pals Laura Dern and Meg Ryan. That's almost all the help she has on the record; Etheridge plays almost all the instruments and penned all the songs. But, ultimately, Skin is the sound of one heart breaking. --Jaan Uhelszki

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00005LODB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What’s the 4th Street Feeling?
“4th Street is in Leavenworth,” says Melissa Etheridge.
That’s her home town in Kansas, pop. 25,000, known mostly for its prison and Army base.
And it’s the place evoked in the title, and title song, of 4th Street Feeling, the 12th studio album of her singular, 25-year recording career.
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Here is another artist whose music I never was a fan of, Melissa Etheridge.
Erica Anderson
When listening to any Melissa Etheridge CD, one can tell exactly what is going on in her life at that time.
Kathy St. John
This album is great and every song you end up singing the chorus along with her deep, hurt voice.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on July 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Here is another artist whose music I never was a fan of, Melissa Etheridge. Radio overkill on her singles and the constant labelling by critics really turned me off to Melissa's music to be painfully honest. What changed my mind? I just started reading her book after I read a segment of it in Rolling Stone and from there my interest in Melissa Etheridge and her new album "Skin" snowballed from there. After hearing "I Want to Be In Love" on the radio, that is all that convinced me 100% completely to buy her new album when it would come out.
After having listened to "Skin" three times today, I find myself amazed by what I have heard on this cd. The lyrics delves deep into Melissa's emotions as she was going through her painful breakful with her partner. I love how songs like "The Prison" and "Please Forgive Me" captured Melissa's emotions perfectly. I heard a yearning for true love in Melissa's voice in "I Want to Be In Love", and the song makes me want her to be in love again. Angst and sorrow is written all over "Lover Please" and "Down to One", and so well written too.
I love "Skin". Next to Lucinda Williams' "Essence" and Dar Williams' "The Green World", "Skin" is one of the best introspective albums I have heard in years. "Skin" may be short but it leaves the listener breathless and captivated, and wanting more. Truly a wonderful piece of art.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By RDS on September 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Like many others, I enjoyed "Come to My Window" and Etheridges other hits, but I'd never listened to one of her albums all the way through. Then, I read a review of her book, which prompted me to buy it. The book was so good, interesting, honest, and revealing, that it prompted me to buy "Skin." This album is amazing and it has turned me into a true admirer of Melissa Etheridge.
The lyrics are amazingly deep, real and familiar to any of us who have had our hearts broken. I can just lay back, play the songs and remember the most heart wrenching relationships that I've ever lost. It is a healing process to know that others have the same feelings. And the music! Catchy... well done, colorful and just amazing. The effects in "Down to One" are fantastic (read the book to learn about it) and as always the guitar is great, and the voice raspy and compelling.
I loved this album so much that I bought all her previous albums. I'm amazed that such an excellent artist was out there and all I knew of her were a few top 40 hits. GET THIS ALBUM and listen to it everyday! :) I can only hope that someday my writing can affect someone half has much as Melissa's music and truth have impacted me. I feel... less alone. :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "" on October 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Skin," Melissa Etheridge's seventh CD, like all her music, comes from deep within and is the refashioning of failed love into songs that will touch everyone who has wondered if it really is "better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." For any still wondering, Melissa's answer is a life affirming "Yes."
I admit that I am a maniacal, ballistic Melissa Etheridge fan. Five of her albums, including this one, give me decidophobia each time I must choose one to play; they're all that good. If there's divine providence, Melissa Etheridge is God's gift to blues/rock after Janis Joplin left us thirty years ago. The woman sings her heart and soul out with American abandon and French "love hurts" pathos.
"Skin" is an apt title for an album so emotionally naked as this one. Melissa says it's "about shedding old skin. It's about new skin. It's about life." At first hearing, "Skin" seems downright embarrassing, an act of masochistic exhibitionism springing from the heartbreak of her failed long-term relationship with filmmaker Julie Cipher. Her fans are used to the scratching and crawling and screaming, the longing and aching and pleading ("To hell with the consequence"), but this recording is so personal that it would be depressing if it didn't turn its heartbreak into hope with a triumph of spirit and a determination that saves it from being maudlin.
All the stages of failed romance are here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Being a big fan of Melissa Etheridge, I'm torn on my feelings on this new release. While she continues to enlighten the world with her raw and honest lyrics, this album is quite a different style for her. The music leans much more towards "pop" music than her previous releases which really ROCK. Her voice and attitude seem somewhat less "edgy" and somewhat more "resigned" and sad which is expected given she has described this release as a tremendous healing experience after her difficult year. I really do love the CD, including the background vocals provided by Meg Ryan and Laura Dern on "Heal Me". However, I miss the great guitar work and use of her tremendous voice she showed on "Yes I Am" and her self titled album.
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