Personnel: Melissa Etheridge (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Waddy Wachtel (electric guitar); James Fearnley (accordion); Ian McLagen (organ); Scott Thurston (keyboards); Pino Palladino, Kevin McCormick, David Sutton (bass); Mauricio Fritz … see full wiki
Cons: Makes you want to relate everything to her lifestyle
I first heard about Melissa from a good friend of mine. I was always kidding her about women cannot rock and roll....boy was I wrong!! This lady knows what rock and roll is all about.
From the funky acoustic guitar licks that kick off "I'm The Only One", you know that you are in for a treat with this album. The range of voice and the different styles that she uses on this album makes me wonder how I had missed her music for so long!
"I'm The Only One" is one of the most seductive songs I have heard in a long time. It is a song that gets my blood boiling. A straight ahead rock tune that has a very pulsing base line. Great "romancing" song. I never tire of this song.
Track 2 is the hard edged "If I Wanted To". I can do anything if I wanted to.....and you believe her as she sings it. Don't stand in her way or you might get run over.
The next track is the cross over hit "Come To My Window". This is the song that put Melissa where she is today. A song that takes your breath away just by the power of Melissa's guitar playing. Then you also get hit over the head with her amazingly strong vocals. The lyrics to this song is filled with very catchy phrases and hooks. One of her greatest attributes is the ability to keep you interested in what she has to say as well as listening to her music.
Next on the menu is the song "Silent Legacy". This is a very well crafted song that relies upon the driving drums and the power chords that Melissa uses as a backdrop for her very strong vocal performance. This is the first song that uses the "guitar solo". She just wants to let you know that this lady rocks!
Up next is the ballad "I Will Never Be The Same". A true love song that packs a punch thanks to the clever phrasing she uses again. Still, probably the weakest song on the album.
Time to crank it up again..."All American Girl". Decaf coffee and a Marboro red..Crank it out and listen to the new All American life story...from a womans point of view.
Next comes the title track "Yes I Am". A blues oriented song that deals with love and the total commitment that comes with this kind of love. With this tune, Melissa lets you know that she can get down and dirty with the best of them.
The next song is called "Resist". A rocking passion filled tune that is all about sex and rock and roll. Yeah...isn't that what we are here for?
"Ruins" is the next song and I hate to say it....sounds like filler to me. But, Melissa filler is better than a lot of singers best work!! This is the kind of tune that will not leave an impression on you either way. It does work well as the lead in for....
"Talking to My Angel". The final song on the album. This is the strong ballad that deals with some very personal issues for Melissa. "This town thinks I'm crazy...They just think that I'm strange...Sometimes they want to own me....Sometimes they wish I'd change." In other words...let me be me..don't make me be one of you!
In all a very powerful album that bears well to repeated listenings. This is good since you will want to hear it again and again.