Back To Forever - FAT POSSUM
FILTER Grade: 70%
By Adam Pollock on October 24, 2013
Lissie’s 2010 debut introduced us to an artist who seemed bred from dusty small towns of the rural South, although she was solidly middle-class and Midwestern. Sexy, bored and anxious, with a voice that could shatter buildings and hearts, Catching A Tiger was a huge success. On the heels of the album and the failed relationship that inspired it, Lissie went west, recording her follow-up in the lush hills of Topanga Canyon. Alas, sun-kissed, relaxed and heartbreak-free does not suit our heroine, as least as far as quality songwriting goes. Back To Forever strives for mainstream acceptance, and in doing so dilutes Lissie’s strengths. While a few of the mellower tracks (“Love In The City”) remind us of the tortured longing of Tiger, we’d hope that rote topics such as tinsel town vapidity (“Shameless”) and environmental malfeasance (“Mountaintop Removal”) would remain the purview of less interesting artists.