Your Little Secret was positioned as the album that would establish Melissa Etheridge as a genuine superstar, following through on the success of Yes I Am. While Your Little Secret may deliver the sound that made Etheridge popular, only without any of the style and finesse. Throughout the record, she relies on bombast instead of passion to get her point across, which becomes draining by the overlong, over-dramatic conclusion, "This War Is Over." Etheridge also comes up with a few memorable hooks and melodies, relying on her powerful, bluesy wail to carry the songs. However, since there is no melodic foundation to the music, it all collapses in on its own weight, leaving Your Little Secret as the weakest album she has released.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine