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Released: May 1988

Rating: 3.984 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: rock

Quotable: “One of the most stunning debut albums of the 1980s.” – Vik Iyengar, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Similar Features [4:42]
  2. Chrome Plated Heart [3:59]
  3. Like the Way I Do [5:23]
  4. Precious Pain [4:15]
  5. Don’t You Need [4:59]
  6. The Late September Dogs [6:33]
  7. Occasionally [2:36]
  8. Watching You [5:33]
  9. Bring Me Some Water [3:52]
  10. I Want You [4:07]

All songs written by Melissa Etheridge.

Total Running Time: 45:59

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 2.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 22
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Similar Features (4/88) #94 US, #6 AR
  • Don’t You Need (6/88) --
  • Bring Me Some Water (7/23/88) #10 AR
  • Like the Way I Do (10/29/88) #42 US, #28 AR
  • Chrome Plated Heart (5/13/89) #22 AR

Notes: A 2003 deluxe edition adds a second disc of the entire album recorded live at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 1988 and another five acoustic performances.


One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more.

Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
“This was one of the most stunning debut albums of the 1980s. Given the domination of synthesizer pop on the radio, Melissa Etheridge was a breath of fresh air when she burst out of the gate with this roots rock album sung with a sensitive bravado often compared to Janis Joplin. Although the passionate vocal deliveries are similar, the comparisons end there: Etheridge is a Midwesterner who was clearly influenced by classic rock artists such as Bruce Springsteen and John Cougar Mellencamp. The main theme explored is the emotional complexity of relationships, and throughout the album she sings about the hunger for affection, the pain of unrequited love, and the fire of obsessive romance.” VI

“While the limited scope of the songwriting requires the listener to enter her world and exorcise the demons of relationships past, the album is full of infectious, up-tempo songs that propel the album forward. Etheridge’s true talent, however, is reconciling uncontrollable emotions such as jealousy with a strong and fiercely independent spirit (Similar Features, Like the Way I Do). Perhaps that's why Etheridge became a role model for a generation of young women who found her to be an uncompromising artist unafraid to expose (and celebrate) her strengths and weaknesses. This is a fine introduction to Melissa Etheridge, and it is one of her most enjoyable albums.” VI

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Last updated March 12, 2011.