Back to Forever

Back to Forever

by Lissie
     
 

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Lissie may have begun her career as a simple singer/songwriter, but those days were long gone by the time she arrived at her second album, 2013's Back to Forever. Produced by Jack Knife Lee -- best known for his work with latter-day R.E.M., Weezer, and Snow Patrol -- Back to Forever<

Overview

Lissie may have begun her career as a simple singer/songwriter, but those days were long gone by the time she arrived at her second album, 2013's Back to Forever. Produced by Jack Knife Lee -- best known for his work with latter-day R.E.M., Weezer, and Snow Patrol -- Back to Forever trades as heavily on the thick gloss of the '80s as it does the near-simultaneously released Days Are Gone by Haim, but it also has the gossamer sheen of Eurogloss that seems incongruous coming from a native of Illinois and current resident of California. Nevertheless, that slight cognitive dissonance adds resonance and depth to Lissie in general and Back to Forever especially, preventing the music from getting mired in classic rock tropes or seeming too ephemeral. Nevertheless, the mix of high gloss and precision songwriting means the album's peaks often fall into a netherworld that recalls pre-MTV AOR crossover as much as it does new wave: it's the forgotten, synthesized soft rock of the '80s, shining brightly on such precisely constructed confections as "Sleepwalking" and "Further Away (Romance Police)," both conjuring the ghost of Quarterflash, but it's also there on stomping rockers like "I Don't Wanna Go to Work" and "Cold Fish." Occasionally, the po-faced singer/songwriter of yore peeks through the cracks -- usually, it's on the ballads, or on the tunes where Lee accentuates the acoustic guitars -- but Lissie's strength is how she uses the past as foundation, not aspiration, and that's why Back to Forever is a lithe, unpredictable, and seductive collection of modern pop: it places equal emphasis on song and sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
Label:
Fat Possum Records
UPC:
0767981135229
catalogNumber:
13522
Rank:
46023

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lissie   Primary Artist
Richard Dodd   Cello
Barbara Gruska   Background Vocals
Allison Pierce   Background Vocals
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Jesse Siebenberg   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Wurlitzer
Catherine Pierce   Background Vocals
Julian Emery   Bass,Guitar
Marisa Kuney   Violin
Lauren Chipman   Violin
Jacknife Lee   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Dulcitone
James Hockley   Keyboards
Richie Mills   Drums
Jim Irvin   Percussion
Eric Sullivan   Guitar,Background Vocals
Elisabeth Maurus   Guitar,Vocals
Lewis Keller   Organ,Percussion,Bass Guitar
Natasha Reid   Background Vocals
Chanel Framton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Greg Kurstin   Composer
Gordon Mills   Composer
Angelo Petraglia   Composer
Sam Bell   Engineer
Crispin Hunt   Composer
Eric Gorfain   String Arrangements
Jesse Siebenberg   Additional Production
Julian Emery   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Justin Parker   Composer
Martin Craft   Composer
Steve Stacey   Art Direction
Jacknife Lee   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Matt Bishop   Engineer
Francis White   Composer
Jim Irvin   Composer
Elisabeth Maurus   Composer

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