CD Crazy Love [Melanie] [8717278720067] (CD 4376853),
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Crazy Love [Melanie] [8717278720067]

  • 1. And We Fall
    2. Jammin' Alone
    3. Punishment Fits the Crime
    4. Smile
    5. Till They All Get Home
    6. This House
    7. Right About Now
    8. Leftover Emotion
    9. You Can Find Anything Here
    10. Wonderer
    11. You Don't Know Me
    12. I Can Do This...
    13. Crazy Love
    14. Prone to Wander
    15. Come Away Come Go
    16. Poet Is King
    17. Last Call
    18. Brand New Key
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SCCD1006

  • Credits

    Personnel: Melanie (vocals); Beau Jarred Schekeryk (guitar, background vocals); Tim McComas (bass); Danny Huff (drums); Jeordie Schekeryk (background vocals).
    Producers: Peter Schekeryk, Beau Jarred Schekeryk.
    Includes liner notes by Melanie.
    Long after most '60s icons have tarnished or dropped from sight, Melanie shows undimmed allegiance on Crazy Love to the utopianism that nourished the music of that era. Her voice projects somewhat fractured yet gloriously expressive power throughout this album, even as she lampoons herself on a loony remake of "Brand New Key." She resorts to spoken monologues where her message apparently feels especially urgent, but whether admonishing listeners to "make a little difference" over a rousing gospel outro on "Till They All Get Home," delivering a somewhat indulgent self-analysis on "I Can Do This...," or imitating a snooty Bohemian suspicious of people who, as the song title says, simply "Smile," her idealism proves disarming again and again. Melanie's new songs are solidly crafted and deftly performed by a band in which her son, Beau Jarred Schekeryk, shows an astonishing flamenco-like virtuosity. At times his pyrotechnics feel a little extraneous, but because he restricts himself to acoustic guitar they never overwhelm the arrangement. On balance, Crazy Love, with its gushy emotion, goofy humor, and exuberant vocals, illuminates Melanie as an artist of integrity, whose occasional interpretive excesses only make her more endearing. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (10/4/02, p.154) - "...She's the owner of a lustrous voice, full of wit and nurture. She puts it to good use on her well- observed new folk-pop songs..." - Rating: B+
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