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Back to Forever

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2013
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • UPC: 767981135229
  • Catalog Number: 13522
  • Sales rank: 10,360

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
John Davis Mastering
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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