Straight No Chaser

CD Review – Lissie (The next great female singer-songwriter)

Why You Runnin’ EP

Fat Possum Records

Records this brilliant are rarely heard in any genre. Then you realize that this is only her second EP and her debut full-length album doesn’t arrive until later this year. That’s when it hits you just how good Lissie is. There are only five songs here, but each one of them gripped my heart and tugged until I had to submit to her smoky soulful voice. The opener “Little Lovin’” starts off as an innocent little ballad until the bass and electric guitars come in and it turns into an all out foot-stomping and hand-clapping southern revival. Speaking of southern revivals, “Oh Mississippi,” a piano-driven ode to the “mighty river” would probably follow that up with it’s hymn-like quality. Lissie’s voice is so angelic, it almost makes me get down on my knees and thank God for the river itself. The song is that powerful, not to mention it was produced by Ed Harcourt.

Lissie laments on the acoustic “Wedding Bells,” “I have the invitation that you sent me/ You wanted me to see you change your name/ Couldn’t stand to see you with another/ Dear I hope you’re happy just the same/ Wedding bells are ringin’ in the chapel/ They should be ringing out for you and me.”

On her myspace page under “Sounds like” she put “I mean it.” And she does on every note and every song. When her debut album shows up, I will be the first in line to get it. Lissie is an artist, everybody must hear.

http://www.myspace.com/lissiemusic


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