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

Live ... and Powerful: Melissa Etheridge's New Concert Video Asserts Her Power Both as a Performer and as an Individual. (Video Review)

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

Live ... and Powerful: Melissa Etheridge's New Concert Video Asserts Her Power Both as a Performer and as an Individual. (Video Review)

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Live ... and Alone * Melissa Etheridge * UME/Island Records

Melissa Etheridge has made a career of being down-to-earth and passionate. So it's only fitting that her new Live ... and Alone DVD set, which details her 2001 solo tour, is an unpretentious and intimate look into the singer as well as her life on the road.

The tour came hot on the heels of her seventh studio album, Skin, which documented her personal journey from bitterness and despair to healing and renewal following her highly publicized breakup with Julie Cypher, her partner of 12 years. Featuring Etheridge alone onstage with her guitar, backed only by an understated light show and intermittent video projection, the tour was the last leg of that journey, and the DVD captures its last stop at the Kodak Theatre in Etheridge's hometown of Los Angeles.

Released just in time for the holiday rush, the DVD is available in two versions. The single-disc standard edition contains a 90-minute excerpt of the live concert film plus a previously unreleased recording of the Joan Armatrading classic "The Weakness in Me." The two-disc deluxe edition serves up two hours of concert footage on disc 1, while disc 2 offers a home video-ish tour diary, an in-depth interview, several bonus audio and video tracks, and--perhaps the most sought-after goodie--rare (although brief) video footage from a 1987 solo performance at the Pasadena, Calif. …

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