Melanie - Old Bitch Warrior LP (1995)
This LP is sometimes considered as the first true come-back album of Melanie after more than 15 years during which she had quite lost herself in various and unfruitfull attempts to find a way to survive musically. This is the first album on which her 3 children collaborate, notably her son Beau-Jarred who will be so essential in the further decade. But honestly, there are too much weak and sometimes bad songs or arrangements on it to agree. However, since there are some great songs, it's impossible not to add it to a necessary Melanie's collection, the reason it's here today. Above all there's the eponymous title, maybe one of her strongest and most moving song of her whole repertoire. Everything's is thrilling in it, from the lyrics to the voice via the orchestration. It's a complete masterpiece and of course is the streaming song below. Don't miss too her interpretation the same year on stage with her daughters and a bass-drums rhythm section. Great also are the Beatles cover "Any Time At All" and 2 other originals "Something Warm" and "You Don't Know Me" in a version very different (and not as fantastic I must admit), than the one featuring on Crazy Love 7 years later. There's also the nice "Summer Of Love". The rest is rather weak and sometimes quite unlistenable as are the 2 duets (on "Beautiful People" in a terrible version and the insipid "I Don't Know What Love Is") surely meant to put Melanie back in the spotlight, but it failed. All in all, half of the LP is enjoyable and if you are, like me, a Melanie's addict, you can't ignore the good part of it. Enjoy it here.
The album was reissued with a different sleeve in 2005 without "I Don't Know What Love Is" replaced by "Never Had To Be Alone Chant". Below is the front sleeve of this reissue.
Old Bitch Warrior. Old Bitch Warrior She sleeps in the grave People think so, but what they don't know Is she roams the streets In the still of the night Ready to conquer Up for the fight Oh she's not afraid The steel in her pocket The ice in her veins Fingers are callused Her nails thick and black She's made her decision And there's no turning back Old Bitch Warrior A scream in the night Look over your shoulder Put on the light That wind in the shadows She's with us you pray Someone will find her And take her away She's not afraid The steel in her pocket The ice in her veins Oh she can't be ignored The building is burning With a lock on the door Old Bitch Warrior She sleeps in the grave People think so, but what they don't know She roams the streets in the still of the night Ready to conquer 'Till they take her away She's not afraid The steel in her pocket And ice in her veins Enemies scatter When she comes around There's comfort in thoughts of her Dead in the ground