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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and gritty, 30 Aug 2005
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This review is from: 70 People at 7000 Feet (Audio CD)
As always, Melissa serves up a whopper of a show with this raw and intimate offering played to an invited audience in Flagstaff, Arizona. Brian Winton is at his best and you can feel his beat in your belly as the album thunders through the speakers. 'Freedom' is without doubt, my highlight of the CD, and a very personal song. 'Everything I Need' is a close second, if you're a woman with a strong independent streak, this one's for you.
The addition of 'Drive' is welcome here, but it doesn't have the same groovy feel that the studio version has.
Overall it's a stonking album by a fantastic musician, and for my money, better than 'Faster, Skinnier' which whilst good, doesn't have the same gritty and latent political feel this album does.
Melissa is sadly unknown in the UK, and deserves a far wider audience than she has. Technically brilliant, emotionally powerful, with that quirky sense of humour that Americans are so good at, she is, for me, the best of the best and ranks right up there with Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell. If you only ever buy one Melissa Ferrick album, make it this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Acoustic Live Show, 21 Nov 2004
This review is from: 70 People at 7000 Feet (Audio CD)
Having bought some of Melissa's studio albums I was wondering how she'd sound live. Impressive. With only her and her drummer on the stage, the 70 (why so few!!) people in the audience had a treat. Pretty much from the opening but especially from Freedom and Burn This Guitar onwards until the end of the final track, I found it hard to believe that 80 minutes of music had gone by so quickly. Always in my opinion a good sign. Songs of love, loss, loneliness but also of hope abound, passionate vocals and good drumming are noted.
Melissa has been compared to Ani DiFranco, they're both women, both good songwriters and good singers, I think Ani has the edge lyrically, but she also lays it on with a trowel. I've got to say of the two I prefer Melissa.
Am I a feminist? No. A 40 something male who's bored with rock and roll. Don't be put off by her lifestyle, this is an artist worth listening to. Enjoy!
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