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Back in near top form
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2019
Being a fan for over 25 years, I've had a weird relationship with Melissa's albums for the last 20. Every other one since Breakdown (Lucky, Fearless Love, This is ME) has been great for me and the ones in between (Skin, The Awakening, 4th Street Feeling, Memphis Soul) have been less than average to disappointing. She continues this trend with The Medicine Show, as it's a great album, but she's in better form than she has been since Breakdown, if not since Your Little Secret. Every song is a winner, even if the highs are not quite as stellar as they were in the mid 90's.
There's soft moments but overall the album rocks. Not as heavy as Your Little Secret, but the sound still definitely would fit at home in the 90's - that's a a compliment for those who may be confused. Her songwriting skills are top notch as always, I've never had an issue with her songwriting ability, just her varying degrees of mellowness.
My favorites are the first two promos/singles, Wild and Lonely and Faded By Design that are absolute anthem in the air rockers, , the more eloquent and softer Suede, and Shaking and Love Will Love, also some of the heavier songs of the album. I guess it's just her rockier side resonates more strongly with me. Because I am so heavily invested in my interest in her songwriting abilities, if you are looking for that, Last Hello and Love Will Live probably are the two most well written songs she's done in a long time. Again though, there are no weak points on this album, no album skippers. Even the weakest track IMO, This Human Chain, is great.
Keep it up Melissa. If the pattern holds I won't be love with your next album, but keep putting out records like this every other time, and you'll always have a fan.