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by Melissa Warner

Country/folk/pop crisscross featuring gorgeous and soaring female vocals, solid performances and superlative songwriting.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Red Train
4:58 $0.99
2. I Love Everybody
3:33 $0.99
3. Still Be Around
4:27 $0.99
4. Slim Chance
4:22 $0.99
5. Brown Eyes
3:20 $0.99
6. Rainstreet
3:14 $0.99
7. Come On
3:15 $0.99
8. Patience
3:38 $0.99
9. Another You
4:54 $0.99
10. Around Once
3:11 $0.99
11. Ball and Chain
5:14 $0.99
12. Tea in Heaven
3:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
We spent a lot of time on this one. At least two years, but it might have been three. I'm not exactly sure, as I was in a basement studio recording for most of it. Making this baby involved a lot of ups and downs, bumps and scrapes, shocks and sighs, do-overs, tag-backs, tea made in the microwave, beers made in America, peanuts roasted in honey, cat bites, bad posture, bad jokes, good bass players, serious backup singers, running up and down stairs, construction on the freeway, tears on my birthday and at least one argument about pheromones.
The result, though, is engaging (says me) - smooth in parts, stimulating in others and just loud enough.
Let's listen, won't we?




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Bill Frost, The Salt Lake City Weekly

It’s taken four years, but Melissa Warner’s finally answered her excellent Emperor Norton debut—and even topped it. Although the flavor may be alt-country, the singer-guitarist’s intuitive knack for crafting hum-for-days tunes has grown so sharp, genre ain’t even an issue; the closest thing to filler on Orange is a sexy-twangy cover of Social D’s “Ball & Chain.” The band is ace, but here it’s all about Warner’s songs and voice.

south of mainstream

smart, sassy and sensitive all at the same time
Before I say anything else I have to say this first. Emphatic kudos to Melissa for tackling a cover of a Social Distortion classic. Not only does she do "Ball & Chain" justice, she manages to make the song her own with her twangy vocals and superb guitar twang provided by David Prill. As a longtime fan of Social D, and the way they'd put a cover on every album, I just wanted Melissa to know first and foremost that I noticed and applaud this cover.

Now...was the rest of the album just as good. Yes...yes it was, and still is! Melissa has an awesome alt-country voice, with just enough twang to add the country vibe, but not so much that you think you're in a honky-tonk. Some of the songs have a more folk/folk rock appeal, much like Dar Williams. And she carries those tunes with the same aplomb and assurance as the more twang-based cuts.

As with all good folk based records, and I'm not scared to say that a lot of this album has a folk foundation, the lyrics are stories, not just a bunch of rhymes or random train of thought ramblings strung together. The songs have beginnings, middles and resolution in the end. She doesn't try to dazzle us with intricate word play, instead her stories are woven together with simple, but vibrant verbal imagery that we can't help but feel drawn toward.

This is an exemplary release. It's one I can imagine recommending to a fairly varied audience. If you enjoy music that's smart, sassy and sensitive all at the same time, this disc should be in your collection.

Favored Tracks:
#3 | Still Be Around
#8 | Patience
#11 | Ball & Chain