Personnel includes: Melissa Etheridge (vocals, acoustic guitar); James Harrah, Eric Schermerhorn, Mark Browne (electric guitar); John Shanks, Blues Saraceno (guitar); Rami Jaffee (keyboards, background vocals); Jamie Muhoberac, David Cole (keyboards); Rick Hopkins (organ); Mark Brown, Paul Bushell (bass); Kenny Aronoff (drums, tambourine, percussion); Matt Laug (drums, percussion); Josh Preese (drums); David Cole (programming); Jay Bellarose (loops); Bernie Barlow, Kipp Lennon, Brandi Carlile (background vocals).
Personnel: Melissa Etheridge (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); John Shanks (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Eric Schermerhorn, James Harrah (guitar, electric guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin); Blues Saraceno (electric guitar); David Channing (baritone guitar); Cameron Stone (cello); Rich Hopkins (organ); David Cole, Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston (keyboards, drum programming); Jamie Muhoberac, Patrick Warren, Rami Jaffee, Ross Hogarth (keyboards); Kenny Aronoff (drums, tambourine, percussion); Matt Laug (drums, percussion); Brian Macleod , Josh Preese, Jay Bellerose (drums); Jon Plum (keyboard programming, drum programming); Kipp Lennon, Bernie Barlow, Brandi Carlile (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Geoff Ott; Rick Parashar; Ross Hogarth.
Recording information: London Bridges Studios, Seattle, WA; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA; Tree House, Studio City, CA.
Illustrator: Tavis Coburn.
Photographer: Cynthia Daniels.
Sixteen years after charging out of the gate with an attention-grabbing debut album, full of heart-on-sleeve singer/songwriter introspection mixed with full-throttle rock, Melissa Etheridge sticks firmly to her guns on 2004's LUCKY. While pop melodicism abounds, and many of the lyrics mine Etheridge's introspective streak, there's no shortage of wide-screen rock & roll abandon here. The intro to "Secret Agent' might have you thinking you've stumbled onto an Alice In Chains outtake by mistake, and "Giant"--seemingly a gay-rights empowerment statement from out lesbian Etheridge--is powered by crushingly heavy guitar-and-drum figures. Along the way, there's also acoustic-oriented balladry ("Meet Me in the Dark") and some bluesy/funky grooves ("Kiss Me"), but whatever the stylistic mode, Etheridge's raspy, emotive wail and nakedly soul-baring lyrics are at the forefront.
Rolling Stone (3/4/04, p.66) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[Etheridge can] rock, in the classic sense of snarling guitars and glass-shard vocals, which seems to be much of the point of LUCKY."
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