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On her debut album, Lisa Marie Presley emerges as a brooding but less pretentious Fiona Apple. Four years in the making, To Whom It May Concern may even be strong enough to make tabloid readers forget that Elvis's baby girl was briefly married to Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson. Helping Presley make the transition from Graceland princess to hopeful pop star are producers Andrew Slater and Eric Rosse, who have worked with Apple and Tori Amos, respectively, and give the disc an ambient, modern-rock sound. Thus, To Whom It May Concern bristles with Presley's rich, burnished voice, which has a husky, Cher-like quality and carries songs such as the guitar-driven, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
On her debut album, Lisa Marie Presley emerges as a brooding but less pretentious Fiona Apple. Four years in the making, To Whom It May Concern may even be strong enough to make tabloid readers forget that Elvis's baby girl was briefly married to Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson. Helping Presley make the transition from Graceland princess to hopeful pop star are producers Andrew Slater and Eric Rosse, who have worked with Apple and Tori Amos, respectively, and give the disc an ambient, modern-rock sound. Thus, To Whom It May Concern bristles with Presley's rich, burnished voice, which has a husky, Cher-like quality and carries songs such as the guitar-driven, Wallflowers-esque "Lights Out" on which she eerily sings about her Memphis roots and the ethereal, string-laced "Nobody Noticed It." Elsewhere, Presley's edgy vocals suggest the noir-ish tone of Mazzy Star on "So Lovely" and the snarling, brutal self-analysis of "S.O.B." Far from being a vanity project, To Whom It May Concern is a winning personal statement that does the Presley legacy proud.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Much has been made of the fact that Lisa Marie Presley didn't start her professional singing career until she was in her mid-30s, but let's face facts -- if you were the daughter of Elvis, you'd be in no rush to hear the criticisms and comparisons, either. To her credit, Lisa Marie doesn't shy away from her personal history on her 2003 debut album, To Whom It May Concern, sprinkling veiled and not-so-veiled references to her father and her marriages throughout the record, but where she really asserts her individuality is on the music. Pitched partway between flat-out commerciality and post-Alanis/Sheryl Crow ambition, it's a strange beast that lurches and stumbles as it finds its feet, which it does, but it might take a couple of listens to realize that the record is indeed front-loaded. This isn't immediately apparent because the production is overloaded, boasting layer upon layer of drum loops, keyboards, squealing and strumming guitars, backing vocals, and who knows what else. Once you get a lay of the land, its precision and business can be alluring, but it often is just a little too distracting, drawing attention away from Presley's surprisingly sturdy songs and her sexy, throaty voice, which are the two real selling points of the record. Though there are bluesy, gutsy elements to her singing and hints of roots rock, what makes it interesting is that this is placed within a commercial pop
ock setting. True, it's an overdressed setting, but the songs themselves are quite good, occasionally excellent like the snarling opener, "S.O.B.," and the Glen Ballard collaboration, "Lights Out". This is a sharp, ambitious mainstream pop
ock album performed by a singer with real character -- thankfully, one that's surly, not sweet, since there's been too much sweetness from divas in the 2000s. There are stumbles: sometimes the songs don't catch hold, sometimes they sound too fussy, sometimes they sound underdeveloped. Even then, Lisa Marie remains an engaging presence, pushing the songs over their flaws, but she does wind up with more winners than losers here. Those who go in looking for clues to the King or just want to hear Elvis' baby daughter sing are those who will be the most disappointed, while those who would appreciate the record for what it is are the ones who would likely consider this too much of a novelty. Her debut would likely have faced that situation regardless of what kind of music she put out, but thankfully this is a strong, assured debut that sets her up for interesting things. Hopefully, she'll follow through on the promise next time around, and win over those who are still doubters this time around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724349666801
  • Catalog Number: 96668

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 S.O.B. (3:45)
  2. 2 The Road Between (4:18)
  3. 3 Lights Out (3:45)
  4. 4 Better Beware (4:45)
  5. 5 Nobody Noticed It (4:34)
  6. 6 Sinking In (4:31)
  7. 7 Important (3:51)
  8. 8 So Lovely (4:56)
  9. 9 Indifferent (3:59)
  10. 10 Gone (4:07)
  11. 11 To Whom It May Concern (8:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lisa Marie Presley Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rusty Anderson Guitar
Jon Brion Guitar
Paul Bushnell Bass
Lenny Castro Percussion
Steve Caton Guitar
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, electronic percussion, Taos Drum
Jim Cox Hammond Organ
Wendy Melvoin Guitar
Eric Ivan Rosse Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Overdubs, fender rhodes
David Walsh Guitar
Patrick Warren Piano
Bruce Watson Guitar, Mandolin
Lyle Workman Guitar
Doyle Bramhall II Guitar
Mike Elizondo Bass
Abe Laboriel Jr. Guitar, Drums, Electric Drums
Zac Rae chamberlain
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Eric Ivan Rosse Programming, Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Vocal Engineer
Andrew Slater Producer, Executive Producer
Howard Willing Engineer
Ronnie Rivera Engineer
Eric Roinestad Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!! You must own this CD

    Lisa Marie is more talented then we all originally thought. Her lyrics are awesome. You can just pop in this CD and feel the power behind her music. Keep em coming!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lisa Marie

    I was amazingly pleased with the CD. When I heard here single Lights Out I really like her but didn't hear any others, so I wasn't sure the CD was going to be good. Her voice is awesome. Only disappointment is the langauge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best-Most Anticipated CD EVER

    I love this CD - my favorite! I can't wait for her next one, I understand she's working on it now. I can relate to almost every song, right to my soul. I've seen her live and cried when she sang, "Nobody Noticed It" - AWESOME!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is currently my favorite!!!

    I had seen all the promotional hype prior to the release and was quite intriqued. I LOVE and admire Lisa Marie for her "make no apologies" attitude toward life and her music. She's comfortable in her own skin and with the decisions she's made. Her music is raw and reflects this. I hope this is only the beginning from her. No BUBBLEGUM here, thank GOD!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lisa Presley's CD, To Whom It May Concern, is DYNAMIC

    This CD is absolutely fantastic. Lisa Presley is an extremely competent singer and song writer. Her voice is rich and sultry; her lyrics meaningful and beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love It

    Lisa Marie has a great voice. She also expreses her self well in her songs. She writes good songs and has tons of talent. She will definitly come out with more CDs. Lisa Marie Presley is here to stay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Flavour that will floor you, not bore you ;-)

    "Lisa Marie you go girl ;-)Fantastic CD Enjoying all songs, so much so i have brought another CD for my mother on Mothers day, looking forward to hearing more music from Lisa Marie Presley. This CD is a must buy :o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like this album

    I like this album, and I think that Lisa Marie has a wonderful voice. The only reason why I've given it three stars is because of the bad language it contains.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Impressed

    I am quite impressed at her voice. I think she is here to stay!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have in any CD collection

    I am too young to remember elvis. VH1 did a special on this artist and the music drew me in. It is a spirited work with exceptional emotional and break thru overtones. Recommend it to any one who wants to recognize a new artist in the making. Bravo to the artist and the team that created this timeless masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than expected

    It can't be easy to follow the King. If you're expecting Lisa Marie to open her mouth and Elvis to come out it won't happen. But she has a smoky, sultry voice, and the songs were written by her. Definitely an enjoyable and accomplished first album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Man, what a great cd!

    My dad works at Sony, so I got to hear this one early. It's so good! It's right up there with J-Lo's new release and kind of resembles Mariah Carey's early years (when she was recording with Mudshark Records). Only using a co-writer on 8 songs, Lisa Marie really lets loose with her emotions on "The Good, The Bad, The Man Drooling in my Bed", "Save me a slice of that pumpkin pie", and "Moonwalking through Vegas". Having Slash fill in with some guitar licks, plus Jimmy Jam creating a lot of the danceable beats, you can't go wrong! Plus, she's got that Elvis swagger!

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