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Album Review

Lissie may have begun her career as a simple singer/songwriter, but those days were long gone by the time she arrived at her second album, 2013's Back to Forever. Produced by Jack Knife Lee — best known for his work with latter-day R.E.M., Weezer, and Snow Patrol — Back to Forever trades as heavily on the thick gloss of the '80s as it does the near-simultaneously released Days Are Gone by Haim, but it also has the gossamer sheen of Eurogloss that seems incongruous coming from a native of Illinois and current resident of California. Nevertheless, that slight cognitive dissonance adds resonance and depth to Lissie in general and Back to Forever especially, preventing the music from getting mired in classic rock tropes or seeming too ephemeral. Nevertheless, the mix of high gloss and precision songwriting means the album's peaks often fall into a netherworld that recalls pre-MTV AOR crossover as much as it does new wave: it's the forgotten, synthesized soft rock of the '80s, shining brightly on such precisely constructed confections as "Sleepwalking" and "Further Away (Romance Police)," both conjuring the ghost of Quarterflash, but it's also there on stomping rockers like "I Don't Wanna Go to Work" and "Cold Fish." Occasionally, the po-faced singer/songwriter of yore peeks through the cracks — usually, it's on the ballads, or on the tunes where Lee accentuates the acoustic guitars — but Lissie's strength is how she uses the past as foundation, not aspiration, and that's why Back to Forever is a lithe, unpredictable, and seductive collection of modern pop: it places equal emphasis on song and sound.

Customer Reviews

Amazing Artist-Amazing Album

Lissie is one hell of an artist. So far the songs that I really like on the Album are: "Further Away (Romance Police)", "They All Want You", "I Bet on You", and "Love In The City". Also check out Lissie's other albums, she is such a diverse and amazing artist, her music does not disappoint.

Love love love

The voice of our generation. Brilliant.


I love watching artist develop and GROW into the right direction. Beautiful Lissie! Thanks for making a great CD!


Born: 1982 in Rock Island, IL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Lissie Maurus was raised in the riverside town of Rock Island, Illinois, and she drew upon those blue-collar Midwestern origins to create her own form of indie folk music. The granddaughter of an international barbershop quartet champion, she grew up singing in theater productions, eventually picking up the guitar and playing her own songs at local coffee shops as a teenager. Lissie was also something of a rebel; she got thrown out of high school during her senior year, spent a brief period at Colorado...
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