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5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Pop and Moving Folk, 30 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
Although she emerged from the folk/singer-songwriter boom of the Woodstock generation, Melanie’s music has always had more of a pop edge to it. This excellent collection includes most of her hits – with the exception of Bitter Bad - and the cream of her popular album tracks. It kicks off with the novelty song (and her biggest hit) Brand New Key, followed by her soulful and moving version of Ruby Tuesday which alone is worth the price of the album. Her interpretation of Mr Tambourine Man is unique and delectable too; she never fails to elegantly make the songs of her others her own (Lay Lady Lay and Carolina On My Mind). Her own compositions are catchy and intelligent, like Nickel Song or poetic and perceptive, like Beautiful People. The only serious omission in my opinion is the song Ring The Living Bell Shine The Living Light, but otherwise this album is comprehensive enough. Somehow Melanie represents the essence of the 60s folkie, although this album demonstrates her pop prowess too.
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