The Awakening (2007) Last year, Melissa theridge reversed her slide into adult-contemporary irrelevance with "I Need to Wake Up," the Oscar-winning environmental anthem she contributed to An Inconvenient… 2007-09-25 Melissa Etheridge Rock
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The Awakening (2007)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 25, 2007; Lead Performance: Melissa Etheridge; Genre: Rock

Last year, Melissa theridge reversed her slide into adult-contemporary irrelevance with ''I Need to Wake Up,'' the Oscar-winning environmental anthem she contributed to An Inconvenient Truth. Her ninth LP's title (The Awakening) sounds like a promise to expand on that MO, yet the first few tracks find Etheridge wasting her weather-beaten voice on bland lyrics and arrangements. Thankfully, she redeems the disc with a closing clutch of passionate antiwar declarations (''The Kingdom of Heaven,'' ''Imagine That'') that let her play her firebrand persona to the hilt. B-
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Originally posted Sep 21, 2007 Published in issue #956 Sep 28, 2007 Order article reprints
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