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On September 25th, 2007, Melissa will release her 9th studio album, THE AWAKENING. It has been described as a collection of powerful and playful yet confessional and engaging songs that are personal as well as universal. THE AWAKENING was co-produced with David Cole and recorded with her band: bassist Mark Browne, drummer Mauricio 'Fritz' Lewak, and guitarist Philip Sayce. Etheridge acknowledges that her 2004 breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment brought new perspective to her life and achievements and freed her to be so open on this album.

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle VINE VOICE on November 3, 2007
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These past few months have created a glut of gorgeous music much to the dismay of my credit card. I've vowed--due to space and ecological considerations--to start buying singles instead of whole CDs, but "Awakening" is very much worth having in its entirety. Besides, in this case, the samples are way not enough to get the feel of the entire song.

This isn't easy music to listen to. Melissa Etheridge has learned some hard lessons in her life and

"The Kingdom of Heaven" is probably the hardest to listen to. It's Etheridge's cut-to-the-bone take on the war. So, is "What Happens Tomorrow." There's no 'us' in them.

But what Melissa Etheridge is doing best on "Awakening" is sharing much of the deepest parts of herself--both good advice and hard-fought lessons learned. It takes a lot of guts to do this, but the lady's one of the bravest and strongest in the business.

"An Unexpected Rain" apologizes for her regrets--the lover who tried suicide because of their breakup, the meaningless encounters. It takes a strong person to make those kinds of admissions public in the hopes to make others stronger.

"Heroes and Friends" is the message that you need to continue to dream and try despite pain and failure:

You can't take a trip if you don't first say goodbye
You can't find a star if you don't look in the sky
You can't find the light if you don't know where the dark is

"The Universe Listened" is probably the strongest song (we don't start living til we've almost died). This haunting story song will stay with you for a while.

I could go on writing about this CD for pages, but what it all comes down to is what you feel when you hear the music. Listen, but be prepared to be swept into the songs and possibly shed tears.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robin L. McLaughlin on December 9, 2007
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From my title you might surmise that I'm not real big on concept albums. I like the concept of concept albums, but in execution I usually end up thinking they're more annoying than anything else. The Awakening is definitely an exception.

I've been a Melissa fan ever since I first saw her riveting performance of "Bring Me Some Water" on the Grammy's when she was up for best new artist. But even though I knew she'd released a new album I hadn't heard anything about it yet. Then I saw The Awakening for sale at the grocery store for $10 and thinking, "Hot damn!" I snatched up a copy. I then did what I usually do with a new CD, stuck it in the CD player in my car and listened to it the next few times I was driving. Don't do that with this album. I kept going, "Huh?" and scrambling for the cover to look at the song list to try and make sense of what was going on, which isn't good when driving! This one you'll want to put on at home, get comfy, and really listen to it uninterrupted.

My initial responses were things like, "Hmmm...'California' has a catchy tune, but it seems kinda like a retread, is this album gonna be a dud?", "What's with all these short little ditties?" and, "Am I losing my mind or are we on a different song now?" So after getting to the end of the album it was clear this wasn't a normal CD and I immediately played it through again with adjusted expectations and a more open mind. (Then after the second listen I finally read the liner notes, which of course helped further.)

After my second listen through I was thinking, "Hey this is pretty good stuff." By my fourth listen I was totally blown away. I especially like "I've Loved You Before" because I dig the whole loving through many lifetimes idea and the lyrics are quite moving.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Mennie on September 27, 2007
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Simply the finest work ever from this multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician. There is an ease and depth to the lyrics that is stunning. No didactic preaching, simply one woman telling her story and urging us all to wake up. Ably supported by her band, in particular guitarist Phillip Sayce, Etheridge croons, wails and soothes through an amazing song cycle. Intensely personal yet universal at the same time, this could only have been created by someone who's taken the best and worst life has to offer and come out the other side even stronger.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jef Fazekas on December 26, 2007
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Much like Carly Simon's 2001 release THE BEDROOM TAPES, THE AWAKENING was an album that Melissa Etheridge HAD to make. Battling back from a bout with breast cancer, Etheridge is understandably changed, seeing life ~ and the world ~ thru a different set of eyes. Sadly, however, those eyes are, for the most part, represented here in only one color, a sort of somber midnight blue. Unlike Cindy Bullens' brilliant 1999 masterpiece, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH, or last year's (for me, anyway!) Album of the Year, Rosanne Cash's stunning BLACK CADILLAC, THE AWAKENING seems stuck in neutral. The two aforementioned albums, which chronicled the vibrant highs and somber lows of life and death, love and loss, covered the full spectrum of the emotional scale, while THE AWAKENING, while certainly honest and sincere, seems to be weighted down by just one or two. Where is more of the primal fear? The joy? The vulnerability? Aside from such tracks as "Message To Myself" and "Threesome", they're limited at best. Mind you, in no way is this a bad album; I just would have liked more from Etheridge, especially since I know she's capable of it. There are definitely some nice moments that add to the overall flow and concept album vibe of the disc, including a number of short spoken and/or sung interludes between songs (Note to Melissa: While this idea works here, don't repeat can quickly wear it's welcome out. Just ask any Janet Jackson fan!), but, overall...! The first actual song is the gently lilting "California." All strumming acoustic guitars and muted percussion, Etheridge delivers the biographical tale in a voice that is strong, yet sincere. Very nice! The biographical slant continues with "An Unexpected Rain", albeit darker and edgier.Read more ›
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