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If My Heart Had Wings
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
CD reissue of the 1995 'comeback' album for Melissa Manchester, her first album of new material in a decade, featuring a return to emotional ballads and dramatic production. 12 tracks including 'The House That Love Built',... more »
CD reissue of the 1995 'comeback' album for Melissa Manchester, her first album of new material in a decade, featuring a return to emotional ballads and dramatic production. 12 tracks including 'The House That Love Built', 'Don't Let Me Walk This Road Alone' and 'Crazy People'. Wounded Bird. 2006.
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A Great CD from an Underrated Performer
jagoco | Upstate NY | 08/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is packed with great songs. It's a shame that artists like Melissa Manchester are so unrecognized...she truly is a great songwriter, vocalist, and performer. My favorites here are "This is the House that Love Built," "In a Perfect World," and "Higher Ground." Some of the songs on this CD are reminders of her "Hey Ricky" album from the 80's. Long-time Manchester fans, such as myself, would love to be able to purchase her 80's albums on CD (or even a compilation)...but they are unavailable at present. "If My Heart Had Wings" shows us that the singer has not lost any of her talent...she just gets better and better. I'm hoping for a new Manchester CD very soon!!!"
Melissa's best music since "Better Days & Happy Endings"
Thomas Lapins | Orlando, Florida USA | 10/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Her choice in songs are solid. At least four of them should have been top 40 hits: "In A Perfect World", "If My Heart Had Wings", "Heart Of Glass" and "Higher Ground". One reviewer mentioned that "In A Perfect World" should have been the theme song for "Titanic". It indeed has the perfect lyrics and power to match Dion. "The House That Love Built" tells us of an "older and wiser" Melissa. The message of this one really catches on after several listens. "If My Heart Had Wings" truly has wings. Both the lyrics and the arrangements soar. Her voice never sounded better and more sincere. "Heart Of Love" is one of those melodies that you can't get out of your head. I recently heard it in the background of some so so movie. Melissa sounds very happy and in-love in this one. "To Be In Love With Me" is another one with some thoughtful and introspective lyrics. The more you play this one the more you appreciate its reason for being on this CD. Melissa's version of "Higher Ground" beats Streisand's version, and that says a great deal. "Don't Let Me Walk This Road Alone" closes this CD on a perfect note. The CD has a central theme. Melissa sings about love, loss and hope as she always does. However, now we have a more mature perspective. "Crazy People" shows us she can still be sassy. This collection is forty plus minutes of pure pleasure, and a must for any Melissa Manchester fan from the 70's and 80's."
Davalon | Tokyo | 12/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Melissa Manchester is what used to be called "a recording artist." She is also what used to be known as "talented." The fact that some of her CDs are selling on this site for $.58 is a crime.
"If My Heart Had Wings" and "A Perfect World" are stunning examples of songwriting expertise, a soaring, clear, magical and emotional voice and lyrics that, if not always perfect, never fail to touch the heart.
It is beyond my comprehension why Melissa Manchester was never a bigger star than she was. But I have a theory: She was too good. She was too intelligent, too mature, too thoughtful, too tender, too much for pop music. She writes songs which require the listener to have a degree of maturity and intelligence. And of course, with absolutely brilliant songs on the radio these days like "My Hump" -- how could anyone of Melissa's stature ever hope to compete?
This album harkens back to a time when the company president (Clive Davis) cared about what his artists put on their albums. He would sit and listen to the songs. The artists had a higher authority to answer to. And the fact is that Clive was brilliant -- and still is. But now, all we get are people who are consumed with what they look like and "singing" about their sex lives. It is so incredibly boring and dull and repetitive that I would just as rather not listen to the radio again as long as I live.
If you consider yourself a music lover and you can appreciate the beauty of a true singer, then treat yourself to this album. It is not perfect. Melissa still tries to get that quasi-black sound on some of her songs, and some of the lyrics are borderline Hallmark. But on the other hand, when she gets it right, no one does it better. I mean no one. Melissa -- the world of pop music desperately needs you and I for one miss your presence on the radio. Please get a theme song into some movie so people will wake up and hear the divineness of you before it's too damn late. You are loved!"