Whilst the world seems to be caught in a whirlwind of discussion about Miley Cryus’ desire to use her sexuality to sell songs, there’s every chance that Lissie’s latest offering will get lost amid the open letters. Yet it’s here that true craftsmanship shines bright. Back To Forever highlights that catchy songs, with solid melodies and powerful vocals are what really powers music, and Lissie hits the mark every time.
Though it’s been three years in the offing, the album shows the wait has not been in vain and whilst Catching The Tiger delivered an Americana vibe, Back To Forever is littered with more rocky tones, fuelled by layers of what can only be described as 80’s power pop. This is by no means a bad thing, in fact it opens the album up to display her vocal range with massive effect. Whilst the slightly whimsical I Don’t Want To Go To Work is the song that is most instantly catchy, the likes of Further Away (Romance Police) and Back To Forever have hit written all over them.
I’ll be the first to admit that lead single Shameless seemed less than inspired, but in the context of the more up tempo album, it fits like a glove. That’s not to say there aren’t quieter numbers, Love In The City for example, has a more ballad like feel to it. Mountaintop Removal follows a similar vibe and it’s here Lissie’s vocals really shine through, making the music almost surplus to requirements. Her capacity to convey emotion with her tone, and intonation is something which fuelled Catching The Tiger, and the same goes for Back To Forever.
Suffice to say, the album it’s likely to appeal to old fans, whilst having the capacity to entice new ones into the fold. Latest single Sleepwalking might have it’s work cut out to compete with Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, not least since the video steers away from licking hammers and swinging around naked, and instead serves to add an emotional imagery to the song. Still, I can only hope this boasts longevity for Lissie’s career and allows her musical creativity to draw in the accolade, without the need to resort to shock tactics.