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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498613283
  • Catalog Number: 000182202
  • Sales rank: 80,208

Tracks

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Every single one of these songs are amazing

    Melissa brings the heat to New York City! Her live performance on her new ‘Lucky’ DVD is such an awesome addition to my collection. All the songs in this concert are of her most recent hits, except ‘Breathe’ – which has always been my favorite anyway. You guys should definitely check out the interview in the bonus features – it’s a really intimate look at her as a person and a woman, rather than just her music. ‘Come on Out Tonight’ is one of the songs toward the end of the concert that really gets me moving. And the clarity of the audio and the video is amazing in dvd quality. Just watching it brings me back to when I went to see her live – it’s a vivid reminder of the energy Melissa has on stage. I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to the CD that comes along with it but I think it’s the audio version of the concert. I’ll probably check it out this weekend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of her very best

    Melissa rocks again with music from the heart. Lucky is her best since Yes I Am. My favorite songs are Breathe, Tuesday Morning, Lucky, If You Want To, Mercy, but all are good. This CD certainly deserves to be added to any rock fan's collection. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UnLucky With Love...

    As a huge fan of Melissa Etheridge for many many years, I anxiously awaited the release of this CD. Unfortunately, it doesn't come close to matching the caliber of her other releases. Very disappointing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brandi Carlile sings along side with Melissa on her new album

    Brandi Carlile is an amazing artist from Seattle, Wa...and if you love Melissa's new cd...you should also check Brandi out because she added some vocals to her Lucky cd. check out www.branidcarlile.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Melissa Etheridge

    I absolutely love all her music. I am so happy she has a new album out. I think the overtone of this album will be very upbeat with her being in love. Thank you Melissa for all your music. I can't imagine life without it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I got the CD yesterday and have been listening to it non-stop. She has many faster, more upbeat songs on this album...typically, she tends to slow down through the album (not in quality or content, but in beat), but this is a pretty solid CD. Yay for new stuff!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BETTER THAN EVER!

    For all you ME fans out there, she has out done herself once again. She gets down and gritty exposing more of herself and her talent than ever, a must have in any CD collection! It gets better every time you listen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AGAIN--AMAZING

    In keeping with her talent and voice of equality, Melissa Etheridge has once again brought to us music that makes a statement and helps many of us express feelings that we keep hidden. I am especially impressed with TUESDAY MORNING. Once again Melissa has reminded us that we are all the same, no matter our lifestyle. Thank you, Melissa. You have out done yourself , once again! Jane

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She is a great signer and women

    I just wanted to let Melissa know that I love her music. I was so glad that She has a new CD out. I can't wait to get it. Thanks Melissa for your Music.

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    Posted September 25, 2010

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