Oh Melissa, how can we not like you? Ok, you came out publicly with a little help from your friends, but this album's the real deal. Gone are the sexually ambiguous lyrics (even on the excellent 'Yes I am' we were never really sure), the veiled references to the bigots out there that you began in 'Scarecrow', and the difficulty you've had in reconciling the All American Girl with the gay lifestyle. 'Lucky' kicks off with real enthusiasm, pulls no punches, and does so well what Springsteen managed all those years ago: to kick your leaders up the backside and still sound patriotic. Not only that but your love life doesn't sound like a Ted Hughes poem anymore. Nice album by the way.