My Wild West

My Wild West

by Lissie


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The possessive in the title of Lissie's third album is telling: no matter how often this echoes the slow, narcotic sway of Lana Del Rey, this California is conjured by Illinois native Lissie, an adult-alternative singer/songwriter who has slowly crept away from the folk roots she displayed on her 2010 debut, Catching a Tiger. Back then, she was bright and earnest and also bold, her burnished vocals had the grit in the gloss, a combination that amounted to a U.K. hit and set the stage for 2013's Back to Forever. With the help of producer Jacknife Lee, Lissie embraced a crossover that never came, so the moodiness of 2016's My Wild West reads as something of a retreat: she didn't harness the stars, so she's turning inward. At first, My Wild West feels as if Lissie is borrowing too many clothes from Lana Del Rey, choosing to write about the sad sunsets and tarnished dreams of Hollywood, a borrowing that seems blatant only with the blessing of distance. As the record plays, the melancholy tides of Lissie's tunes are quite alluring, a testament to her sense of craft, a gift that bears a double edge. She's savvy enough to recognize the prevailing pop trends -- it's not a bad idea to surf in LDR's wake -- and she's sharp enough to make it not seem like she's crassly co-opting a craze. As good as these moody moments are, My Wild West is best once the darkness settles, and Lissie offers nicely sculpted miniatures that feel alternately comforting and bruised, with the human touches Lana Del Rey works so hard to remove from her own music.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2016
Label: Lionboy Records
UPC: 0083832191610
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 60927

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Performance Credits

Lissie   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Curt Schneider   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar
Jesse Siebenberg   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar
Michael Farrell   Strings,Hammond B3
Zac Rae   Guitar,Keyboards
David Levita   Guitar,Soloist
Martin Craft   Piano,Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Eric Sullivan   Banjo,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Lewis Keller   Bass
Joe Hundertmark   Guitar
Tyler James   Trumpet
Louie Gonsalez   Guitar

Technical Credits

Curt Schneider   Producer,Engineer
Jesse Siebenberg   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Morgan Page   Engineer
Bill Reynolds   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jason Mariani   Engineer
Logan Matheny   Engineer
Chris Kro   Art Direction
Lissie   Executive Producer
Elisabeth Maurus   Composer
Lewis Keller   Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Instrumentation

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