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Why You Runnin' [EP]

LissieAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Lissie was born in Rock Island, Illinois, one of the Quad Cities on the banks of the Mississippi River. It’s the city that inspired Rock Island Line and that bore Bix Beiderbecke; it’s the stuff of spring floods and pick-up trucks and bona fide blue-collar country music. She’s a straight-talking Midwestern girl, all flaxen hair and big blue eyes, and this girl is smart and ... Read more in Amazon's Lissie Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B002Q4TKKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Why You Runnin' is a five-song introduction to Lissie and pivots around her big, achingly raw and evocative voice. The songs range from the­­­ hand-clapping, foot-stomping spirited opener Little Lovin to the poignant country cover Wedding Bells to the haunting, soulful 60s pop-esque ballads Everywhere I Go and Here Before . These tracks were recorded at her current home in Ojai, CA, and at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, with her friend Bill Reynolds (of Band of Horses, who also produced and plays bass on the songs alongside his bandmate Tyler Ramsey, who guests on guitar for some tracks). The hymn-like Oh Mississippi was recorded with Ed Harcourt last fall, when Lissie was far from home in London, England.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arresting, intense folk-rock Americana November 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Lissie Maurus is a folk-rock singer from the west Illinois border town of Rock Island. Although there's a rustic Midwestern edge to her Americana, her transplantation to Los Angeles, and national and international gigs have elevated her music beyond coffee-house strumming. Her voice pulls you in close with confessional introductions and then attacks with arresting outbursts of emotion. The exclamation of "danger will follow me now everywhere I go, angels will fall on me and take me to my home" finds her bending back from the microphone to make room for a lungful of emotion. The empty spaces in the studio add presence and dimension as she steps back to keep the needles from pinning red with her fervor.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mix of Emmylou Harris and...? February 1, 2010
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I stumbled upon this album in the cheap MP3 downloads, and I'm so glad I did. I knew nothing of her music before, but it's a bit country, a bit alternative. I felt like I heard traces of Emmylou Harris, maybe some Neko Case, not really sure. On this album, Lissie needs no comparison, but if people are looking for some alt-countryish music by a talented artist, this is definitely an album to own. My only complaint is that it doesn't have as many songs as an album should, but I didn't mind too much because it was a discounted price anyway. A great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lissie is refreshing and amazing! April 7, 2010
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Fantastic!!! Can't stop listening to it and i want more. She should be making more albums in no time as soon as she is done with her tour in the UK. And I for one cannot wait. It's fresh and raw!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! April 14, 2011
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a brilliant album!
love her voice and the style in which she lays down her notes
she touches my soul with her music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lissie CD March 8, 2011
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Lissie is an up and coming musician from Mid-Central U.S. (Rock Island, IL). She just appeared with her two band mates on Jimmy Fallon, Late Night. She's refreshingly down home, down to earth, and doesn't use sleezy outfits or bling to buttress her fresh, positive sound.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Little Album! August 13, 2010
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I just stumbled on this artist and I have to say that I love the album. My favorite songs are Wedding Bells and Here Before. Talent, raw talent and this is what I was looking for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saw her in concert with the Low Anthem. November 9, 2010
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Bought this CD after hearing her. She has a raw, earthy sound with melancholy lyrics and powerful voice both live and on the CD. Love this CD.
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