Bob Cannon
January 14, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Freedom Knows My Name

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Melanie
Producers
Lonestar
genre
Folk

We gave it a C

It’s been more than two decades since flowery folksinger Melanie Safka took her precious ”Brand New Key” to No. 1, but judging from the tepid release, Freedom Knows My Name, you’d think it was still 1971. Though she has the occasional good sense to cover writers like Cheryl Wheeler, her own tunes are stuck in Woodstock-era reverie. And her soft-boiled versions of Bob Dylan’s ”Hard Rain” and (no kidding) Jimi Hendrix’s ”Purple Haze” sound as if she got tossed off their tribute albums. C

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