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Why You Runnin' EP
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There's a bluesy edge in her vocals, not unlike Joan Osborne, but with the earthier, more distracted air of Edie Brickell. The productions often arc from contemplative openings to emotional conclusions. "Little Lovin'" rolls through its first half with only a bass drum (and your toe-tapping) to keep the beat, but a deep bottom end rolls in, Lissie's vocals rise and hand-clapping rhythms spur the vocals to soar into full-throated scatting. The abandon with which she vocalizes has the improvisational verve of a live jam, blowing past the artifice of studio recording. Her cover of Hank Williams' "Wedding Bells" turns its despondency from hangdog to forlorn, and the original male-perspective lyrics ("you wanted me to see you change your name") gain additional layers when sung in a woman's voice.
An ode to Lissie's native river, "Oh Mississippi," is sung with a gospel piano and overdubbed choir, and though it may remind you of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," it turns into a fervent elegy for the failing industrial heart of America.Read more ›
Her lyrics are poetic and non-contrived. I love this band and Lissie! (One day, her band may add a fiddle for a fuller sound; and a drummer to help out the bass player - who plays both instruments at once.)
I saw and heard her in concert in February in Minneapolis, and she left my son and me tingling with good feelings after the gig. On stage, she is genuine, sweet, and just someone you want to drink lemonade, tell stories, and joke with at a summer picnic in July along the Mississippi River. In sum, both Lissie's band and Lissie the person are very fine.
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Lissie is fronted by the rising folk music star, Lissie Maurus. Starting in Chicago, Maurus cut her teeth at open mics. She's worked with Ed Harcourt in England, collaborated with Band of Horses and toured with groups like Badly Drawn Boy. Recently, she relocated from the Colorado to find inspiration among the broad, knotty oaks in the Central Coast artist community of Ojai, CA.
On her debut EP, Lessie settles in with a rambling four piece, acoustic and strummy, and ignited by Maurus' glowing, smoky voice. She sings with a heart on her sleeve and stands strong whether crooning alongside a piano on "Oh, Mississippi" or romping with percussive rhythm and pecking guitar in "Little Lovin'."
Undoubtedly, Maurus' voice is the centerpiece. Her tone has widespread appeal, showing a flashy country-gal and a competent bedroom vocalist. Her lyrics lustfully pine with a southern affectation as she seeks those bowing octaves and boasts dichotomous sorrow and joy. Her lyrics focus on traditional country plots of love and loss, framed in the customary verse/chorus structure. Although Maurus' competence lingers in intimate restraint, her strength is unleashing the achy vibrato and seeking those distant notes.
"Everywhere I Go" wilts with somber emotional pulls. Moved again by liberating vocals and warm harmonic embers, the result is enchanting and infectious. Her vocal interplay builds into these painstaking moments and break into magnanimous crescendos.
In five songs Why You Runnin' dabs proficiently into various genres. The band modestly tinkers with rock, rhythm and blues, soul and country, while lacing a sophisticated café-singer element throughout. It's no surprise Ray LaMontagne asked for her support on his '09 North American tour. This talented young singer has a lot of potential and leaves the listener eager for that follow-up LP. (Fat Possum Records)
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I heard Lissie's live version of Fleetwood Mack's "Landslide" on Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel and knew I had to hear more of her. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paul L. Doherty
Better to go to Lisse website, but I they were out of stock. And it is also better to get her album "Catching a Tiger" has all of these songs except for one. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by James
I really like most of the work that Lissie has out there and mainly got this album to complete my collection. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Ernesto O.
I absolutely love Lissie! Her music is sort of a folk indie pop and she is such a great down to earth person with such a real voice. I love her music and this cd is great!Published on April 11, 2012 by Meg
a brilliant album!
love her voice and the style in which she lays down her notes
she touches my soul with her music
Wow. This gal has a voice that could coax a hibernating bear out of its cave in February. I have serious voice envy.Published on November 16, 2010 by MLHankens