10 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Allison Weiss … Was Right All Along is a charming set of introspective break-up songs with lyrics that often contrast with the sweet and sunny melodies. Whether she delivers her lovesick tales with just a quiet acoustic guitar and closely mic’d vocals (“I Was an Island,” “July 25, 2007,” “Why Bother”) or bounces along with a full band (“Fingers Crossed,” “You + Me + Alcohol,” “Yer Going Down”), it’s easy to relate to the feelings she expresses. It’s also easy to fall for the sharp hooks; Weiss knows how to write a catchy pop song. There is a strong undercurrent of twee here for sure, yet her voice and lyrics are so direct and sincere that they make you care as well as want to dance. She almost makes heartbreak sound fun. This is Weiss’ first full-length (she’s released five self-produced EPs prior to this) and it shows that this talented young singer-songwriter possesses a lot of promise.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Allison Weiss … Was Right All Along is a charming set of introspective break-up songs with lyrics that often contrast with the sweet and sunny melodies. Whether she delivers her lovesick tales with just a quiet acoustic guitar and closely mic’d vocals (“I Was an Island,” “July 25, 2007,” “Why Bother”) or bounces along with a full band (“Fingers Crossed,” “You + Me + Alcohol,” “Yer Going Down”), it’s easy to relate to the feelings she expresses. It’s also easy to fall for the sharp hooks; Weiss knows how to write a catchy pop song. There is a strong undercurrent of twee here for sure, yet her voice and lyrics are so direct and sincere that they make you care as well as want to dance. She almost makes heartbreak sound fun. This is Weiss’ first full-length (she’s released five self-produced EPs prior to this) and it shows that this talented young singer-songwriter possesses a lot of promise.

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About Allison Weiss

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Allison Weiss began playing music as a teenager in her hometown of Flowery Branch, Georgia. Inspired by pop-punk music and the emotional tumult of young relationships, she began writing folk-inspired pop-punk songs of her own, adopting a D.I.Y. ethic that would stay with her throughout her career. Her first EP, An Eight-Song Tribute to Feeling Bad and Feeling Better, appeared in 2007, followed by a full-length concert album, Live at Sidewalk NYC, a year later. In late 2009, after two more EPs, the savvy Weiss turned to the newly launched Kickstarter crowd-funding platform to try raising the money for her first studio LP, ...Was Right All Along. Her well-executed campaign allowed her to reach her funding goal within the first day and triple it just days later. The Kickstarter success led to some high-exposure press, with The New York Times and Wired magazine essentially labeling her as a sort of poster child for the new era of Internet promotion. Weiss capitalized on the attention with countless tours, interviews, and even a panelist slot at the industry's SXSW conference in Austin. She busied herself over the next two years releasing more EPs and a single, focusing on her songwriting and touring. In 2011 she launched a second Kickstarter campaign, this time reaching a much larger goal with relative ease. Through crowd-funding, she was able to record her second studio album, Say What You Mean, as well as a companion acoustic record called Sideways Sessions. In 2013 Weiss signed with No Sleep Records, which released both albums later that year. ~ Timothy Monger

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