May 1971. by Eliot Tiegel. Record Mirror (UK)

Melanie Doesn't Need A Microphone

Troubadour, Los Angeles: marking her first appearance in Los Angeles in two years, the solo artist shouted her way to her audience's fancy.

Weaving in place, strumming her six string acoustic guitar she drives hard at her lyrics, and when she's blasting away at full volume, she doesn't need a microphone,

When she sang softly her throaty, misty quality came through. But there weren't many complete instances of any number being tenderly proffered.

The Buddah artist aims for a gutsy approach to pop songs, full blown, explosive and off times roaring in nature. Two encores kept her performing for nearly an hour.

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