Breakdown (Melissa Etheridge album)

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Breakdown
Studio album by Melissa Etheridge
Released October 5, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Rock
Length 53:50
Label Island
Producer Melissa Etheridge,
John Shanks
Melissa Etheridge chronology
Your Little Secret
(1995)
Breakdown
(1999)
Skin
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Uncut 4/5 stars[4]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[5]

Breakdown is the sixth album by singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). A Limited Edition version of the album was simultaneously released featuring three bonus tracks.

"Scarecrow" is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard, and his family and friends.

"Into the Dark" was featured on the Syfy series Haven at the end of the episode Who, What, Where, Wendigo?.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Melissa Etheridge, except where noted

  1. "Breakdown" – 3:54
  2. "Angels Would Fall" (Etheridge, Shanks) – 4:39
  3. "Stronger Than Me" – 4:08
  4. "Into the Dark" – 4:59
  5. "Enough of Me" – 4:39
  6. "Truth of the Heart" (Etheridge, Shanks) – 4:31
  7. "Mama I'm Strange" – 4:29
  8. "Scarecrow" – 5:21
  9. "How Would I Know" – 4:15
  10. "My Lover" – 5:45
  11. "Sleep" – 7:10 [standard pressing] / 4:39 [Limited Edition pressing]
  12. "Touch and Go"* – 4:36
  13. "Cherry Avenue"* – 4:29
  14. "Beloved"* – 7:54

* Limited Edition bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Melissa Etheridge, John Shanks
  • Engineers: Marc DeSisto, Greg Goldman
  • Assistant engineers: John Aguto, Tom Nellen, Geoff Walcha
  • Mixing: Bob Clearmountain, Tom Lord-Alge, Chris Lord-Alge
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • studio technician: Brett Allen
  • Art direction: Scott Denton Cardew
  • Artwork: Scott Denton Cardew
  • Photography: Barbara Green, Rocky Schenck
  • Hair stylist: Bernhard Tammé

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1999 The Billboard 200 12
1999 Top Canadian Albums 12
1999 Top Internet Albums 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1999 "Angels Would Fall" Adult Top 40 9
1999 "Angels Would Fall" Canadian Singles Chart 16
1999 "Angels Would Fall" The Billboard Hot 100 51
1999 "Angels Would Fall" Top 40 Mainstream 32
2000 "Enough of Me" Adult Top 40 19

Notes[edit]