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Knows My Name

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Freedom Knows My Name

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Melanie
Producers:
Lonestar
genre:
Folk

We gave it a C

It’s been more than two decades since flowery folksinger Melanie Safka took her precious ”Brand New Key” to No. 1, but judging from the tepid release, Freedom Knows My Name, you’d think it was still 1971. Though she has the occasional good sense to cover writers like Cheryl Wheeler, her own tunes are stuck in Woodstock-era reverie. And her soft-boiled versions of Bob Dylan’s ”Hard Rain” and (no kidding) Jimi Hendrix’s ”Purple Haze” sound as if she got tossed off their tribute albums. C

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