The Awakening (Melissa Etheridge album)

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The Awakening
Etheridge Awakening.jpg
Studio album by Melissa Etheridge
Released September 25, 2007
Genre Rock
Length 59:17
Label Island
Producer Melissa Etheridge, David N. Cole
Melissa Etheridge chronology
Lucky
(2004)
The Awakening
(2007)
A New Thought For Christmas
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Boston Globe (positive)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
Los Angeles Times (mixed)[5]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]

The Awakening is a 2007 album by rock singer Melissa Etheridge and her ninth studio album. It was released on September 25, 2007. The rock album conveys Etheridge's current autobiographical, religious and political perspectives. Etheridge made the album to convey parts of her story and journey along with her love for God. In the album's booklet, she included a letter to all who buy it starting with "Dear Friend".

The album debuted at number 13 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling nearly 48,000 copies in its first week.[8] This album was #20 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Melissa Etheridge.

  1. "All There Is" – 1:03
  2. "California" – 3:47
  3. "An Unexpected Rain" – 6:56
  4. "Message to Myself" – 3:25
  5. "God Is in the People" – 1:58
  6. "Map of the Stars" – 5:31
  7. "Threesome" – 3:33
  8. "All We Can Really Do" – 1:18
  9. "I've Loved You Before" – 4:16
  10. "A Simple Love" – 1:17
  11. "Heroes and Friends" – 4:23
  12. "Kingdom of Heaven" – 4:11
  13. "Open Your Mind" – 5:13
  14. "The Awakening: The Universe Listened" – 3:09
  15. "The Awakening: Imagine That" – 3:00
  16. "The Awakening: What Happens Tomorrow" – 6:18

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Melissa Etheridge & David N. Cole
  • Engineers: Jorge Costa & Jared Kvitka

Personnel[edit]

  • Melissa Etheridge: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
  • Mark Browne: Bass
  • Mauricio-Fritz Lewak - drums
  • Lily Wilson: Backing Vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ The Boston Globe review
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  6. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived January 17, 2008)
  8. ^ Katie Hasty, "Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week", Billboard.com, October 3, 2007.
  9. ^ ROBERT CHRISTGAU, DAVID FRICKE, CHRISTIAN HOARD, ROB SHEFFIELD (December 17, 2007). "The Top 50 Albums of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-20

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