Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Happy? Go Lucky: Melissa Etheridge's Joy over Her Love Life Shines through Just about Every Track on Her Latest CD

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Happy? Go Lucky: Melissa Etheridge's Joy over Her Love Life Shines through Just about Every Track on Her Latest CD

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Lucky * Melissa Etheridge * Island

From the opening line, "I want to see how lucky Lucky can be," the tone of Melissa Etheridge's eighth and arguably most radio-friendly studio album is set: It's hopeful, upbeat, and downright happy, in sharp contrast to Skin, her last album which reflected her bitter breakup with Julie Cypher, her partner of 12 years. But does "happy" work for the rocker who's made a career of exploring the darker sides of her heart and soul? Remarkably, yes.

While there are a few tracks that remain committed to the shadowy realm of insecurity and doubt ("Mercy" and "Will You Still Love Me"), the majority of Lucky passionately pays tribute to her new relationship with L Word star Tammy Lynn Michaels (whose nickname for Etheridge is, surprise, "Lucky").

Songs range from romantic ("This Moment") to playful ("Kiss Me") and flirtatious ("If You Want To"), with the spunky album centerpiece, "Secret Agent"--which taunts "All the boys want to know if she's got something to hide / All the girls are relieved she's working for the other side"--being by far the most cheeky. And despite sweeping relationship declarations like "When You Find the One," Etheridge does step out of her interpersonal tunnel vision to make some more universal political statements. …

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