Melissa Ferrick | in the eyes of strangers

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in the eyes of strangers

by Melissa Ferrick

MA native's 7th release on her own label. A passionate, urgent album produced by Ethan Allen (patty griffin, ani difranco, kristen hirsch) players include: Julie Wolfe(Bruce Cockburn,Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco) Daren Hahn (The Eels, The Brake Mechanics, A
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Never Give Up
3:35 $0.99
2. Inside
3:19 $0.99
3. Everything You Get
2:50 $0.99
4. Closer
3:00 $0.99
5. One Year
3:16 $0.99
6. Stuck
3:27 $0.99
7. Rest Now
3:56 $0.99
8. Miss Liberty
3:59 $0.99
9. Easy
3:34 $0.99
10. Come On Life
2:29 $0.99
11. It's Been A Long Time
4:03 $0.99
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Melissa Ferrick has the kind of relationship with her audience that few artists are blessed with. Her live performance is fierce and funny, outspoken and vulnerable, passionate and real. The emotional honesty of Ferrick’s first-person lyrics, the force of her vocal delivery and the disciplined fury of her musicianship connects her to her audience with confidence and grace. She’s been gaining fans since her first release at age twenty-two on Atlantic Records. Her next three recordings were released by indie label What Are Records. In 2000, Melissa launched her own label: Right On Records. Her newest album, “In the Eyes of Strangers” is the label’s sixth release.

Always groundbreaking, Melissa recently achieved an industry first by setting up a direct digital download from her website. “For $6 or more, people bought six acoustic versions of the songs that are on the new record,” explains Ferrick. “So half of this record was funded by my fans. One fan (who would like to remain anonymous) donated all of the expenses of the recording studio.”

A full-blown studio affair produced by Ethan Allen (Throwing Muses, Patty Griffin, 60 Ft. Wave), “In The Eyes of Strangers” maintains all of the passion of previous Ferrick releases yet is infused with a new invigorated sense of urgency. With an all-star cast of musicians including drummer Daren Hahn (Ani DiFranco, Eels, Break Mechanics), keyboardist Julie Wolf (Bruce Cockburn, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams) and friends Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara), Erin McKeown, Natalia Zukerman and Rachael Davis, “Strangers” marks a personal and professional departure for Ferrick. Her last release, “The Other Side” was a completely self-made project wherein Ferrick produced, engineered and played every instrument.

Non-stop touring and the daily pressures of being one’s own boss had taken their toll on the songwriter before she began recording “Strangers.” “I was so worn down that I just showed up and played,” Ferrick recalls. “This time, because I was so exhausted, I didn’t have the energy to take care of other people which is something I tend to do. This raw state I was in, in hindsight, was a good thing for the recording; the emotional and physical pain I was in comes through.” The result is Ferrick’s strongest release to date- a sentiment the songwriter shares. “It’s the best record I’ve made.”



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The next best thing to an actual Ferrick show
Having followed Melissa since the tour for her first album, I have to say that nothing compares to seeing her live. THIS album comes close, however. The contribution of the talented musicians on this latest release somehow temper Melissa's intensity yet make an album that's overall richer and fuller both sonically and emotionally (if that even makes sense). I just find it accessible in a way that I never found her previous albums (at least not compared to her shows). This is truly her best work. Bravo, Melissa!!


Amazing! Loved in the eyes of strangers!
I'm new to her music, but love her sound and passion in all of her songs- so many I can relate to! We plan to see her in Atlanta in December--! Can't wait!




worth buying if nothing else gets across to you out there
I'm not fit to review this woman!!!


I love Melissa. In the past I've prefered Melissa acostic and/or live but this CD is excellent, I love it! It's different but still Melissa. It was our road trip CD this past weekend on vacation.


this CD rocks!
I have all or just about all of MF's CDS and absolutley love this one. Been listening it to at work daily. There are even two happy songs (wow), the fast beat I love, but then there is something extra here - maybe a result of the high production quality and the great session players. Whatever it is keep it up Melissa. And come back to Durham/Chapel Hill soon.


FANTASTIC....Even Better Live! Definitely a MUST buy.
First time through I wasn't sure about the whole feel of the CD, but the more I listen to it the more I realize the level of musical and lyrical growth since the release of "The Other Side". Just fantastic guitar, drums, bass and keys! The lyrics are once again so intense and revealing. Definitely bares her soul and connects to the listener with feeling.

angus cooney

Great Album
Great Album Keep it up.

Angus Cooney


Really good, esp. for new fans.
I was familair with Melissa Ferrick from the single Bejing. While I liked that song, I listened to other samples and they just didn't grab me.

So one day, I'm lookaing around for new music on CD Baby and I start with the top sellers and I notice MF has a new CD. So I listened to Never Give Up and let me tell you, it was all over in short order for me and that was just the sample.

Never Give Up (aside from being an instant 5-star song on my iTunes), could be an anthem for everyone whose dreamed of something different...something better either personally or professionally. And when Melissa yells out "So, come on!!!"...somehow you just believe things are possible.

Aside from Never Give Up, other winners include, Stuck, Inside, and Closer, although the entire CD has a nice flow to it.

Bottom line: if you like the singer-songwriter genre you won't be disappointed. The CD does have an urgent feel to it and that's not a bad thing either.


like melissa's personal concerts....
melissa's new CD hits the mark!! it was very like sitting in a small venue with her and watching her crank her music out; very very true to the personal performance she does on the road. no doubt that this is her best presentation of her work that i've heard.
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