Reviewed By: Julia Cirignano
Melissa Menago’s voice is like a cool beach breeze, or dancing in the rain with your college friends on Saturday night instead of going to a party. Her voice is heartbreaking, raw, and articulate. It has the power to make you nostalgic for moments you’ve never lived, and miss people you’ve never met.
Little Crimes is Menago’s first solo album, but she is not new to the music scene. She had great success as the lead singer of June Divided. Moving away from this band’s rock sound, Menago full embraces the importance of her new acoustic sound. You know when you find an amazing acoustic version of your already favorite song and it’s a beautiful little gem that you feel like no one else knows about? Little Crimes is an album full of little gems — devious, beautiful, rebellious, criminal gems.
Menago also tackled some covers on Little Crimes that are truly worth a listen — of ten. Such as songs by Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Leonard Cohen and Judy Garland. Menago is a voice for this generation. She explores the importance and simplistic beauty of a rough, Youtube acoustic cover. She proves that only simple instrumentals are needed when you have a voice as sweet as caramel candy.