That the King's daughter would brave the choppy waters of a pop career at all is testament to her chutzpah -- and that pluckiness is the secret ingredient in her surprisingly winning formula of sassy sneer and sugary songcraft. As a singer, Lisa Marie isn't big on finesse, preferring on her second album to belt out tunes like the punk-tinged "Idiot," which (true to its title) finds her kissing off an ex with both fury and good humor. The title track trades the slashing electric guitars (contributed by Sex Pistol Steve Jones) for strummed acoustics, but there's no discernible downturn in Presley's attitude -- in this case, a declaration of independence from a former love. She trots out a brace of covers over the course of the disc, delivering a rendition of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" that gives the original a run for its money in terms of kick, but she whiffs in her attempt to replicate the minimalist crunch of the Ramones' "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow." With all due credit to the peripatetic Linda Perry -- who gets writing credits on six of Now What's tracks -- Lisa Marie Presley deserves praise for putting together a collection that manages to reconcile youthful rebellion with the sort of maturity needed by the mother of teenagers. That blend imbues Now What with the sort of punch you don't have to be an Elvis fan to appreciate.
Performance CreditsLisa Marie Presley Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Children's Voices
Steve Jones Guitar
Paul Bushnell Bass,Bass Guitar
David Campbell Leader
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin,Concert Master
Berj Garabedian Violin
Abraham Laboriel Drums
Stuart Mathis Guitar
Eric Ivan Rosse Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Josefina Vergara Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Lyle Workman Guitar,Electric Piano
Michael Lockwood Guitar
Cameron Stone Cello
Joey Waronker Drums
Suzie Katayama Cello
Nick Lashley Guitar
Roger Manning Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Julian Hallmark Violin
Chris Chaney Bass
Zac Rae Electric Piano
Audrey Solomon Violin
Robert "Robbie" Bishop Guitar
DeLeon Armen Violin
Drew Hester Percussion,Tambourine
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical CreditsDon Henley Composer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Larry Corbett Principal
Danny Kortchmar Composer
Linda Perry Composer
Eric Ivan Rosse Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Allen Sides Engineer
Howard Willing Engineer,Drum Effects
Evan Wilson Principal
Michael Lockwood Composer,Programming
Lisa Marie Presley Composer,String Arrangements
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lisa Marie Presley debuted her album To Whom It May Concern which became a personal inspiration for me as a song writer. Her honest lyrics which she wrote most of (all but one to be exact) and her soulful voice lead it to be a close tie for favorite album of 2003. So can Now What live up to the expectations of her last album? Yes, and it possibly even surpasses that of her first album. Her first single and cover of Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" is a good testament as to why I've always liked Lisa and always saw tremendous talent in her. And she stays strong throughout all her tracks such as the dark "Raven" and "High Enough", her personal "Thanx" and "When You Go", and my personal favorite track "Shine" where she does a great collabo with superstar Pink. In that track Pink really brings out the best in Lisa Marie and it's probably her best work next to To Whom It May Concern's "Indifferent". Lyrically, the album is credited to Linda Perry who wrote 6 of the albums tracks, which is a step down from Who It May Concern. But elsewhere in the album where Lisa actually does write the the song she accomplishes to make her lyrics deep, meaningful, and personal all while never letting them appear any weaker than that of a professional song writers. Over all Lisa doesn't follow the trend of most sophomore albums of making it deeper than the first; both are just as deep and serious as the other's. But as opposed to most who follow the trend she doesn't make it drop dead obvious and a chore to become poetic. All of this comes natural to her and puts Lisa into a category on her own, making Now What one of my favorite albums of the year, but a personal favorite album of all time.
This CD is just what you would expect it to be. ROCKIN..!! I have listened to it a number of times and enjoy it more every time.
To anyone who thought Lisa Marie Presley would be forever in the shadow of her legendary father Elvis, at first you may have been absolutely correct. But with her new album Now What, Presley proves herself as an individual and as an artist. The opener I'll Figure it Out is a confident anthem to Lisa's new attitude, and sets the stage for the remainder of the CD (also, lyrics hinted to me she is speaking to her father in the lyrics, but maybe it's just sheer coincidence). Turbulence is an angry song about resentment, one of the best tracks of the album. Lisa's rendition of Don Henley's Dirty Laundry is an excellent reinvention, and definitly serves as a great cover as well as fitting the album's tone. Idiot is an angry song with bits of poked fun by Lisa, and lightens the mood at the same time as making it more resentful. Raven is an eerie masterpiece, and made me get teary eyed. This album is a must, for anyone looking for something you can relate to on all terms. And you can hate Elvis but love this, too. Also, where is the Ramones track?
I have followed Lisa Marie since I can remember. We are about the same age, have had many of the same life experiences (although I'm not wealthy, from the West coast - I'm East, and not famous), I feel I can relate to her well. Feelings are feelings, we all share them... This also applies to almost every single song she has written on her first CD and even more on the new one! I thought the first CD was awesome; I played it day and night. I saw her live in concert and she ROCKED! With "Now What", I have seen Lisa's confidence improve (she had been shy, but seems to be overcoming it). She was born to write music! Some may say she doesn't have a great voice, even Ms. Presley agrees with that. However, when she sings (this is her opinion as well as mine), it comes so deeply from her soul that her voice sounds GREAT!!! I am a member of her fan site (lisapresley.com - you DO NOT have to use the www anymore) and it's a great place to learn more about her and meet fellow fans! I am truly impressed and cannot wait to see her at the Trump Marina on May 14th!!! She is THE BEST!!!
I heard some song clips on various tv show appearances Lisa has done. I decided to give the CD a shot. One of the best CD's I have bought in a long time. Amazing blend of soft rock and good lyrics I have not stopped playing this CD - "The King" would be so proud!
I Heard about Elvis Presley when I was in 4th Grade and 6th Grade and then I knew he had a daughter named Lisa Marie Presley and I like her songs I Love her Farthers Music they are both wonderfull People