This Lissie article was written by Kelly Crichton, a GIGSoup.com contributor
2016 sees the return of Lissie with her third studio album ‘My Wild West’. The album chronicles some of the artists last months in California before deciding to move back to the American Midwest. Many of the tracks reference a longing to make the move, such as in ‘Hero’ where she sings “I want my 40 acres in the sun”.
Whilst not quite a household name, Lissie’s two previous albums; 2010’s debut ‘Catching a Tiger’ and 2013’s ‘Back to Forever’, did in fact chart in the top 20 in the UK. Lissie has alluded to feeling restrained by the notion she was obliged to create another album. She said, “the moment I decided not to make an album was when I really started to make the album. That took all the pressure off.”
As the album progresses Lissie’s confidence becomes more apparent and what seem like fledgling steps at the start of the album on ‘Hollywood’ are full blown strides by ‘Daughter’. She is defiant and very confident on a number of tracks, including the aforementioned ‘Daughter’ which could be billed as a feminist anthem of sorts. ‘Shroud’ is a stripped back track with not much more than the vocal and lead guitar. It has tones of despair but again a more determined Lissie is evident despite the harsh subject matter of isolation and depression.
Overall this is all that you would expect from such a well-respected and established country artist. It will not disappoint fans but does not go far enough to make her’s a household name. Having made the move to a potentially slower paced, relaxed lifestyle it will be interesting to see if Lissie will find the subject material for a fourth album. Lissie plays the O2 Academy 2, Oxford on 13 February and the O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire, London on 15 February 2016.
‘My Wild West’ is out on 12 February 2016 on Cooking Vinyl.