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My Wild West
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My Wild West is Lissie s 3rd studio album and her most personal one to date; a fitting tribute to Lissie s life in California, from her arrival as a fresh-faced singer-songwriter to now, leaving for the Midwest wiser and more self-assured.
Bookended by the songs Hollywood and Ojai , it brings out the two extremes of the past decade the dashed hopes and heartbreak of the former and the stability, joy and peace of the latter.
My Wild West represents both a new beginning and a return to Lissie s Midwestern roots.
Top Customer Reviews
I know she has several professional accomplishments and accolades, but I still wonder if she realizes how good she is. Her voice is of course killer (the comparisons to Stevie Nicks are apt), but it's been a particular pleasure hearing her mature as a songwriter. This album has both continuity and diversity and it's great to listen to as a unit, in the proper order, not as just a bunch of digital downloads.
I admire singer-songwriters like Lissie, who not just write earworm-hooks, but also belt them out and take your breath away. I also wonder what is going on with an artist when they make an album full of them (not just a track or two padded with inferior offerings, like most albums). It's so rare, even for the best classic rockers. Where does this inspiration come from? How long have these songs been incubating?
As her third album, the tracks made it down with polish and sophistication too. The production experience is paying dividends. Her maturity as a lyricist also shows. Lyrically this album seems to be on a different level than her previous albums. It reveals the kind of self-reflection that time bestows.
I also want to mention the vocal harmonies, and "nonsense lyrics" (la, ahh, etc.). I love when artists do this stuff, when they deliberately use their music to express their love of music, and the joy that music brings to people's lives. There's a lot of joy on this album. You get the feeling like Lissie is just one of those kinds of people, who you can tell when she's in a good mood because she sings to herself, like there's all this music inside a person, busting to get out.
I'm seeing her in Boston in April. If her YouTube videos are any indication, I'll be in for a treat.
Lissie is the nearly perfect combination of thoughtful, deeply emotional and provocative lyrics and topics with pop hooks and a nice countryish rock flavor. At least on her first two discs, the emotions cover a wide range, giving the listener a chance to move from anger to desperation to playfulness in just a few tracks. In a way that nonetheless flows and is not jarring.
My Wild West, though, is a profoundly sad record. Beautifully wrought, indeed - 'Sun Keeps Risin' brings me very close to tears - but so very painfully sad and introspective. Yes, there's some anger and determination ('Don't you give up on me', 'Daughters') and craziness ('Shroud'), but mournfulness is the dominant flavor.
Years ago, Neil Young put out a record called 'On the Beach' with the same sort of arc. I loved that record - and still do - but it doesn't get many listenings.
Thanks, Lissie, for the beauty you share with us- and I wish you much joy in the years ahead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy her music. She reminds me of the California surfer girl I dated in the 1960's.Published 1 day ago by jbroham
I think this album is Lissie's best so far. It's an album that you can listen all the way through. Each song is lovely and moving.Published 1 month ago by The Wishing Well
Unbelievable. What have I been missing, a lot. This album is solid and brought a new artist to my block of music favorites for sure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elisa Hoelscher
In the liner notes the first thing Lissie (aka Elisabeth Maurus) says is 'My Wild West was an interesting album to make. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Clark
Great album from an underrated artist. First became aware of her from her harmony vocals on Snow Patrol's CD Fallen Empires. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DK
I shouldn’t like this, but I really do, and find it somewhat addictive, which is the same as my opinion of Taylor Swift. Read morePublished 4 months ago by stevek