I don’t like Melissa Ethridge, or I should say, I don’t like her singing voice. Her voice has little color or nuance. She goes from whisper to shriek in less than 60 seconds. Her songs all sound the same to me. I gotta believe that if she was on American Idol that the judges would insist that she try to break out of her comfort zone.
Yeah, she has sincerity and a good heart and good politics, but none of that matters when it comes to her musical value. I thought her song that won the Oscar was dreadful. The song clearly won because it was conveniently associated with the critical darling: An Inconvenient Truth. Randy Newman’s song for ‘Cars’ should have rolled over the Ethridge song, but when it comes to music, politics somehow trumps quality of sound.
The Dixie Chicks latest record was good. I enjoyed the hit and most of the stuff holds up to repeated listening. Nothing on that CD was the ‘record of the year’. But, their views on the Presidency (many of which I share) were what won them the award. Music either works or it doesn’t. It’s ultimate value really isn’t going to be based on the political flavor of the moment, month or year when the song was released.
I will say this for Melissa Ethridge…I’ll take her over Celine Dion any day of the