Melissa Etheridge, "Fearless Love"

72 Billboard Rating

Melissa Etheridge's career spans more than 20 years, and her latest emotionally charged release shows that the 48-year-old songwriter, mother and breast cancer survivor still has something to say. "Fearless Love," the lead single/title track from Etheridge's forthcoming album, is an undeniable modern rock song with a fully loaded introduction, punctuated by crashing triplet drumming and a large-scale sound reminiscent of Kings of Leon and Coldplay. Etheridge asserts herself as the strong-willed, confident woman she is in the song's triumphant lyrics. "I am what I am afraid of," she belts, while calling for the same "fearlessness" in the one she loves. The song's updated, high-gloss rock sound may take a little getting used to for longtime fans, but the strong delivery is classic Etheridge.-Connor McKnight