Lissie – Covered Up With Flowers

January 01, 1970

(Fat Possum)

 

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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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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