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Album Review

Lisa Loeb had only one big hit and it was with her first single "Stay (I Missed You)" — a tune that took her from obscurity to minor celebrity when it was included on the soundtrack of Reality Bites. Although she never had another smash hit, "Stay" was hardly the end of her career: she continued to release records every few years, racking up five additional chartings singles that usually appeared in the lower reaches of Billboard's Hot 100, and a bit higher on their Adult Top 40 charts: 1995's "Do You Sleep?," 1996's "Waiting for Wednesday," 1997's "I Do," 1998's "Let's Forget About It," and 2002's "Underdog." All six of those charting singles, along with album tracks and significant soundtrack contributions (like "How," which wound up on both the Twister soundtrack, where it was originally intended, and on Jack Frost the Michael Keaton classic about a jazz musician who is reincarnated as a giant talking snowman so he can set things right with his son), on 2006's The Very Best of Lisa Loeb, which also includes the brand new "Single Me Out," the theme song from her '06 reality show #1 Single. While Loeb never strayed very far from the sweet, gentle template she laid down with "Stay (I Missed You)," she always was friendly, melodic, and rather ingratiating. These qualities are better heard on The Very Best of Lisa Loeb than on her proper albums, which can tend to be a little samey and sugary. Those tendencies aren't completely absent here, but distilled to her best songs, Loeb is an endearing folk-pop singer/songwriter, as this enjoyable collection proves.

Customer Reviews

On the Money

Lisa Loeb's a "funny" kind of star because she had one runaway hit, another that made some big ripples, and then her career kind of quieted down. I suppose this is why so many people are irrationally angry about this release (which is a "Best of..." not a "Greatest Hits," as someone blindly overlooked). The fact of the matter, though, is that Loeb is one of the more deserving of the musicians working today to be recognized by this kind of record. Because her own style led to a surprise success, selling out was never and issue and Loeb has been able to remain true to herself over the years. Her albums have all been consistant and enjoyable, but she's really highlighted her most glittering work here. The hits and single appear, of course, but she's also added more interesting, less commercial work from her albums. Songs like "Bring Me Up," "Let's Forget About It," and "Wishing Heart" highlight the fact that, though she isn't a revolutionary musician, she is the real deal -- a woman with an acute understanding of how to perfectly marry pleasant and complicated melodies with thoughtful and clever lyrics. The high-minded "Furious Rose" probably turns a lot of vapid listeners off with its vocabulary and theme, but it showcases Loeb's ability to turn something sophisticated and difficult into one hell of a song. It seems this album is catching a lot of flack from people that don't know much of anything about her, which is a shame. She might not be a bankable luminary in the industry anymore, but this collection goes to show that a smart woman with a good ear and clear sense of herself can produce a body of work that well outshines and surpasses the peope that are overshadowing her on the charts today.

SO Sad

Those folks who harp on the theme that Lisa Loeb shouldn't/couldn't have a greatest hits albums because she hasn't had enough hits apparently have too much time on their hands. It's very sad that those people cannot simply accept that this (or any) performer who has a solid following doesn't have the material for such a project. Go comment on some favorite artist of your own and spare the fans of this artist your pointless criticisms; there is enough diversity available here for you to follow your own favorites--please allow others to follow theirs without your irrelevant snobbery concerning this (or any other) performer.

I love Lisa

In a time where a talentless Ashley Simpson has managed to stay on the charts for so long, I miss the talent of singer songerwriters such as Lisa Loeb. Her songs are simple and true....a delightful departure from today's mediocre talent. "How" is one of my all time favorites.

Biography

Born: March 11, 1968 in Bethesda, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If she had never made another record, Lisa Loeb would still go down in the record books as the first unsigned artist to top the American charts, as her meteoric single "Stay" — from the soundtrack to 1994's Reality Bites — spent three weeks at number one soon after the film's release. Born in Dallas, Loeb studied piano as a child but later switched to guitar. At Brown University, she studied music theory and played as a duo with her roommate, Elizabeth Mitchell (who went on to garner...
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