Melissa Etheridge, "The Wanting of You"
The second single from Melissa Etheridge's lauded new album, "Fearless Love," is an expectedly anthemic dose of full-tilt American rock, with a Wall of Sound-style production that leaves little room to breathe during its four-minute run. While "The Wanting of You" retains a classic, arena-friendly sound that minces Bruce Springsteen with Rod Stewart, it also borrows the deliberate keystrokes favored by more contemporary acts like Coldplay, and the swelling prechorus suggests a more rocking take on Meat Loaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love." Etheridge's brassy croon soars over layers of swirling guitars, as she sings of a woman who struggles with her identity. "A phase you'll just get over/That's what her friends have always said," she belts, later summing up the song's message with the line, "You dip your toes in water/ She's in way over her head."-Connor McKnight