My Wild West by Lissie; an album review.*

[Gifted/AD: I was gifted this album in exchange for a review, at my own request.]

I adore Lissie-just to finally have a female artist, singing Folk Rock songs, that she writes herself, complete with a husky voice. (This has been since the Back To Forever days-dancing around to Cold Fish or even Shameless.) With regard to all of this, it was thrilling to be sent her new album to review. And it’s out today!
According to the press release, it’s about quite a complex issue:

My Wild West is Lissie’s third studio album; it is a celebration of new adventures to come as she moves back to the Midwest and waves goodbye to her life in California.

After all, it’s pretty daunting to move that far, no?
I think that this is a very ambitious, raw album; the lyrics are very overtly confessional. But they make some great tunes. After all, isn’t that why we all buy music?
There’s largely a more ballad side being showcased here..
The track list is as follows:

  1. My Wild West Overture
  2. Hollywood
  3. Wild West
  4. Hero
  5. Sun keeps risin’
  6. Don’t you give up on me
  7. Stay
  8. Daughters
  9. Together or apart
  10. Shroud
  11. Go for a walk
  12. Ojai

The introduction builds the suspense, with a sort of western interlude; it finally cracks with ‘Hollywood’, singing about coming back to the Midwest, despite having fallen in love with California. Hero-the lead single-is also particularly strong, being more beat driven.
Another highlight would have to be daughters-because it seems very much like a typical Lissie anthem, despite a slow start. (The chorus is where this builds, particularly, and bursts.) It makes me smile, want to dance (not a pretty sight, I assure you!), and a host of other things. (Lissie-if you’re reading this-please, please perform this on tour..) According again to the press release, it’s about somebody quiet acclaimed:

….Liberian peace activist and Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, subject of the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (‘Daughters’).

What more can this women do? Overall, a 10/10 from me.
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