Lucky

Lucky

4.7 10
by Melissa Etheridge
     
 

This singer-songwriter has gone through a number of phases in her musical evolution, casting herself as upright folkie, brassy rock belter, and sonic activist. With Lucky, Melissa Etheridge seems to be letting her guard down enough to simply have a good time in the studio, a feeling that leaps from the disc's grooves. She pumps up the volume on some tracks,See more details below

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This singer-songwriter has gone through a number of phases in her musical evolution, casting herself as upright folkie, brassy rock belter, and sonic activist. With Lucky, Melissa Etheridge seems to be letting her guard down enough to simply have a good time in the studio, a feeling that leaps from the disc's grooves. She pumps up the volume on some tracks, notably the Bob Seger–styled "Secret Agent," but Lucky's intensity comes from a deeper place than that. On "If You Want To," for instance, Etheridge revisits the sexy vibe she tapped into for "Come to My Window," but this time the flirtatiousness is more upbeat, less steeped in longing. Likewise, "When You Find the One" is that rarest of pop beasts -- a song of requited love that doesn't veer into sappiness. Etheridge can't stay away from issues altogether, but the topical tunes here are less didactic than her past work. The yearning "Tuesday Morning" pays homage to the victims of 9/11, particularly Mark Bingham, the gay Flight 93 passenger who's credited with bringing the plane down before it could reach Washington, D.C. -- and accentuates the somber mood with a sample from the civil-rights marching song "Up and Down This Road." Even that song bears a sort of serenity, a tone of pride, and a sense that -- as the rest of the album espouses -- brighter things are not far away.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
A mirthful turnaround from the soul-searching breakup record Skin, Melissa Etheridge's Lucky is a breezy celebration of new romance. But it also revels in the easy freedom of making music unburdened by the itchy yoke of having something to prove. Eight albums and numerous accolades in, Etheridge finally seems comfortable in her skin. She's willing to play the record company game, juicing some tracks with sound-alike electronic programming and cutting an obvious play for Hot AC hit status in the sappy lead single "Breathe," a track cribbed from modern rock also-rans Greenwheel by Etheridge producer John Shanks. But despite Lucky's glossy, easily digestible tendencies, it still burns bright with the usual Etheridge fervor. Her love life has been common knowledge for quite a while, but Lucky might be her most unflinchingly honest record yet. Her chrome-plated heart is finally, fully out in the open -- she's jazzed up about her new lady, and isn't afraid to sing about it. There's the challenging, brazen rock of "Come Out Tonight" ("Does your mama know who you're hangin' around/A souped up punk in a rock & roll gown, small town"), as well as "Kiss Me"'s come-hither slink, which is sexy at its highest volume. But as much as she still loves the unabashed, beer-soaked rocker, Etheridge's softer moments have continued to mature. "This Moment" is one place where the album's touches of synth work beautifully, building a romantic universe inside the chorus' fleeting passage of time. "Meet Me in the Dark" and the fabulous "Mercy" are even more personal, the latter employing accompanying vocalist Bernie Barlow to establish the dialog between the aging, wanting Etheridge and her vibrant new gal. Woah. Is it getting hot in here? But it's that directness that keeps the album and Etheridge herself vital after all the production niceties and mainstream curlicues have fallen away. Lucky's best stretch might be at its midpoint, "Secret Agent" and "Will You Still Love Me." The two tracks seamlessly blend each side of Melissa Etheridge -- the bawdy rocker, the heartfelt searcher, and the talented songwriter -- and prove that, in just her jacket and jeans, she can make a hit record for the mainstream that's as personal as a love letter.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2004
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498613283
catalogNumber:
000182202
Rank:
89967

Tracks

  1. Lucky
  2. This Moment
  3. If You Want To
  4. Breathe
  5. Mercy
  6. Secret Agent
  7. Will You Still Love Me
  8. Meet Me in the Dark
  9. Tuesday Morning
  10. Giant
  11. Come on out Tonight
  12. Kiss Me
  13. When You Find the One

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melissa Etheridge   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Blues Saraceno   Electric Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Mark Browne   Bass
Paul Bushnell   Bass
David Cole   Keyboards
James Harrah   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ross Hogarth   Keyboards
Rami Jaffee   Keyboards
Kipp Lennon   Background Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Eric Schermerhorn   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Bass,Keyboards
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Jay Bellerose   Drums,Drum Loop
Matt Laug   Percussion,Drums
Cameron Stone   Cello
John Shanks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Channing   Guitar (Baritone)
Rich Hopkins   Organ
Bernie Barlow   Background Vocals
Jonathan Taylor   Drum Loop
Josh Preese   Drums
Brandi Carlile   Background Vocals
Brian Macleod   Drums

Technical Credits

Melissa Etheridge   Composer,Producer
David Cole   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Ross Hogarth   Producer,Engineer
Rick Parashar   Producer,Engineer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   drum programming
Jon Plum   drum programming
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
David Channing   Digital Editing
Sergio Chavez   Tracking Assistant
Jeremy Parker   Tracking Assistant
Mark Kiczula   Tracking Assistant
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Sara Cumings   Art Direction
Joey Paradise   Tracking Assistant
Terese Joseph   Engineer
Shawn "Fox" Phelps   Tracking Assistant
Christian Mack   Engineer,Digital Editing
Tavis Coburn   Illustrations
Ross Hogart   Producer

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