Album Review: Live At Union Chapel by Lissie + UK Tour Dates

Posted by Bianca on Thursday Nov 24, 2016 Under Album Review

Album Review by Fran Prince

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Little do artists manage to pull off live albums when removing the protection of the production that goes into making a record. There’s no edits, no time for adjustments, no fancy auto-tune. It’s just you, the pressure of an audience, a few instruments and a microphone. You’re in the spotlight, simple.

Stripped back, an unpretentious Lissie bares little thought to an uninspiring album title ‘Lissie – Live At Union Chapel’, her raw and minimalist ways show she needs no introduction, no falsity, no fresh record label bullsh*t. The London gig was sold out.

Wetting our live-music-loving pallets, the album heralds a suffocating sound of applause to welcome the soloist, which inadvertently falls to silence upon her first note.

The album acts as a life tale, with expression of sentiment and journeying throughout the lyrics, it starts immediately with acoustic-folk track ‘Bully’. The serenity in Lissie’s vocals drains away any background noise, even when we listen through a laptop.

Trying out what was then new material, the haunting atmosphere of the live album fully engulfs you within an intimate performance, as if she sings exclusively to your ears.

Lissie’s bipolar instrumentals and eclectic mix of genre’s created through rhythms and vocal attitude, is demonstrated when track ‘Shame’ throws us into an estranged, mood-rock instrumental and vocalist combination far from that of her melodious cover of Joni Mitchells ‘River’.

Rapidly backed ‘When I’m Alone’ catapults the tempo of the set, with gravelley tones and powerful octave range, Lissie’s new found confidence seems to reveal itself.

Genuine, and with songs from her latest studio album ‘My Wild West’, this album is almost a live and emotive rendition of her life through lyrics, described as a “fitting tribute to Lissie’s life in California, from her arrival as a fresh-faced singer-songwriter to now, leaving for the Midwest wiser and more self-assured” she pays homage to her roots with humbling track ‘Oh Mississippi’.

Implying her feelings of closure to the Californian chapter of her life through song ‘Ojai’, she sings her final farewell and suggests a doorway to new beginnings, and with it comes a new and refined sound. Grittier tones and a harsher rock edge to her soft folk qualities removes Lissie from the pop style she was aware of falling victim of in some of her earlier albums.

‘Everywhere I Go’ resolves her melancholy and almost folk-ballad talents, and the album concludes with ‘In Sleep’, concludes the album on an infectious number you can’t help but get lost within, a definite pick from 2010 album ‘Catching a Tiger’.

So go ahead and take Lissie’s journey… released officially tomorrow Friday 25th November.

Live at Union Chapel Tracklisting:

01. Bully
02. Shameless
03. Sun Keeps Risin’
04. When I’m Alone
05. They All Want You
06. Hero
07. Oh Mississippi
08. Daughters
09. Ojai
10. Don’t You Give Up On Me
11. River
12. Everywhere I Go
13. In Sleep

PRAISE FOR LISSIE:

“UNDOUBTEDLY HER BEST ALBUM YET” ★★★★ – Q

“ANOTHER BITTERSWEET TRIUMPH” ★★★★ – INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“MY WILD WEST IS PRIMED TO BE A RAY OF LIGHT AMIDST THE DOLDRUMS OF WINTER” – MARIE CLAIRE

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Lissie UK Tour Dates:

29th Nov, The Old Fruit Market, Glasgow
30th Nov, Academy 2, Manchester
1st Dec, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
3rd Dec, O2 Institute2, Birmingham
4th Dec, Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
6th Dec, KOKO, London
7th Dec, Concorde 2, Brighton
8th Dec, Waterfront, Norwich
10th Dec, Guildhall, Gloucester
11th Dec, The Glee, Cardiff
12th Dec, Leadmill, Sheffield
14th Dec, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

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