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Melanie - Gather Me (Reissue) (1998)

14-02-2015, 10:39
Music | Folk | Country | Pop | FLAC / APE

Melanie - Gather Me (Reissue) (1998)

Artist: Melanie
Title Of Album: Gather Me
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: C-Five Records
Genre: Folk, Country, Singer-Songwriter
Format: Mp3 | Flac
Quality: 320 kbps | Lossless
Total Time: 40:33 Min
Total Size: 104 Mb | 239 Mb


01. Little Bit Of Me
02. Some Day I’ll Be A Farmer
03. Steppin’
04. Brand New Key
05. Ring Around The Moon
06. Ring The Living Bell – Shine The Living Light
07. Railroad
08. Kansas
09. Some Say (I Got Devil)
10. Center of The Circle
11. What Wonderous Love
12. Baby Day
13. Tell Me Why

After the release of The Good Book in early 1971, Melanie Safka and her producer (and then husband) Peter Schekeryk left Buddah Records to form their own label, Neighborhood Records, and the new freedom seemed to do her a world of good -- Gather Me, released later the same year, is one of her most accomplished and confident albums, a set that allowed Melanie the room to indulge her lyrical obsessions while Schekeryk created superb musical accompaniment from her simple but forceful melodies. The epochal "Ring the Living Bell" is a pocket suite that takes a skeletal lyrical conceit and gives it flight through sheer belief while Schekeryk's arrangement, reinforced with gospel style vocal backing, makes this accomplishment all the more impressive. "Railroad," "Little Bit of Me," and "Steppin'" display a lyrical maturity and subtle strength that marked a real step forward for Melanie as a songwriter, and "Some Say (I Got Devil)" is an emotionally devastating tale of a pregnant teenager who clearly has no idea what she should do. Melanie's habit of overplaying her hand as a vocalist is thankfully in retreat on Gather Me, which finds her in full control of her instrument and communicating a wide palette of emotions without becoming melodramatic. And if "Brand New Key" comes across like a silly novelty tune in this context, it's a playful and engaging one, and Melanie sounds like she's having fun putting Freudian symbolism within the grasp of AM radio. Gather Me may well be Melanie's finest album, capturing her at the height of her skills as a writer and singer, and it has stood the test of time better than the majority of her work.

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