#36: Melissa Etheridge – The Shadow Of A Black Crow
Bluesy and dark, this track from the 2012 4th Street Feeling album is awesome. Melissa’s voice is truly one of a kind, and when she talks about the scratch marks on her soul, I believe her! This copy of the record was a cool deluxe edition, a cardboard package much larger than a standard digipak, with a large cardboard guitar pick.
I’ve raved about Etheridge in these pages before… This 2012 album is raw, powerful, and poignant. The use of dynamics, the bluesy soulful feel, the arrangements, her unique and perfectly imperfect voice (which, as her career winds on, edges closer and closer to Janis Joplin territory)… everything about it is spot on. This deluxe edition has three bonus tracks, a significantly larger gatefold digipak, a full colour booklet with her handwritten lyrics and notes, and a cardboard guitar pick that’s too big to actually be used for anything and yet not quite big enough to be a drink coaster. This album is absolutely recommended.