Lissie – Covered Up With Flowers

January 01, 1970

(Fat Possum)


With other artists assuming names like Lady Gaga, Adele and Florence and the Machine,
a single moniker like Lissie seems relatively tame, at least by comparison. And
indeed, the former Elizabeth Maurus doesn’t necessarily push the parameters in
order to state her case. Still, with a handle that might otherwise indicate a
more passive approach – “Lissie” sounds like a name bestowed on a docile child – she’s really not the type given to an
inward muse.


Following quickly on the heels of her first full-length,
last year’s Catching A Tiger, the
five song EP Covered Up With Flowers finds a continuing fascination with arched melodies and an added emphasis on
drama and desire. Consisting of covers -including a hearty, if unlikely, remake
of “Games People Play” – Lissie plays with the melodies and mostly finds the
right fit. She’s especially effective when she tackles the dark circumstance
that surrounds Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and the meditative send-off
borne by Nick Cave’s “The Ship Song.” Likewise, anyone adventurous enough to
retrace a Lady Gaga song – like she does here via her wired yet weighty attempt
at “Bad Romance” — deserves kudos simply for trying.


A nice stopgap effort in anticipation of her sophomore set, Covered Up With Flowers suggests that at
this point, Lissie’s best work may come quickly.


“Nothing Else Matters, “The Ship Song” LEE ZIMMERMAN





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