Lissie can write great songs and cover others even better.
Covered Up with Flowers
Fat Possum Records
If you’ve read either of my reviews for Lissie’s “Why You Runnin’?” EP or her full-length debut Catching a Tiger, you’ll know that I am a huge Lissie fan. Her voice is beautiful, but she has a spicy side as well. On the opening track of this five-song covers EP, she takes on Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” by telling the audience that “I’m gonna take a shot of tequila before I do this.” She then proceeds to take that track from hip-hop to alt-country and make it sound like it’s supposed to be acoustic. It’s amazing the way she can take any song and make them sound like they were meant to be Americana tracks. Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” has never sounded so down-home, especially when Lissie yells the line “I’m a freak bitch, baby!” and then flows into the French lyrics in the bridge of the song.
She also takes on Nick Cave’s “The Ship Song” and Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and makes them sound like she wrote them. The way that Lissie can take any genre, mold it into her sound and make it sound like it’s supposed to be like that is simply amazing. Now, I’m a fan anyway, but anybody who loves Americana or alt-country music like I do has to love Lissie. She’s one of the best artists in the genre and anybody who doesn’t believe that, just needs to listen to this album. It won’t be long before they are on board.