Lissie: Show Preview

Elisabeth Maurus, professionally known as Lissie, grew up listening to a range of musicians: country artists, singer-songwriters like Sarah McLachlan, rappers like Ludacris. She's covered Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin, Kid Cudi, and Metallica. But despite all that variety, Lissie's own output holds tight to one school of sound. October's Back to Forever — the Illinois-bred, Ojai-based guitarist/vocalist's second record — features folk-rock in the footsteps of Stevie Nicks and Bruce Springsteen, except Lissie's work is overly manicured and much less evocative and detail-oriented than that of her antecedents. (Speaking of which, Lissie has covered Fleetwood Mac, too.) Highlights like "I Don't Wanna Go to Work," an impassioned tribute to staying out late and playing hooky, share space with catchy but profoundly middle-of-the-road mush like "Sleepwalking" and "Shameless." In an August interview, Maurus called Back "a pretty straightforward, consistent rock-pop album that shows off my songwriting growth," and her description's lack of dazzle sure matches the tone of the finished product.

 
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