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Catching A Tiger

Lissie Audio CD
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It would be easy to misconstrue Lissie. Slight and blonde, a pretty, guitar-playing slip-of-a-thing, you might easily take her for a sweet Midwestern girl, a freckled balladeer borne of milk and cookies and cornfields. More fool you. For all the flaxen hair and big blue eyes, this girl is smart and gutsy and tough, with a big old voice to match it: Stevie Nicks taking Neko Case by the scruff ... Read more in Amazon's Lissie Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00383UJ2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Totem Pole
2. Record Collector
3. When I'm Alone
4. In Sleep
5. Bully
6. Little Lovin'
7. Stranger
8. Loosen The Knot
9. Cuckoo
10. Everywhere I Go
11. Worried About
12. Look Away
13. Oh Mississippi

Product Description

BBC Review

California native Lissie Maurus makes a man sick to his stomach. Not because she's no good–rather the exact opposite. Catching a Tiger is a debut that dreams beyond typical new artist parameters. It is the work of a girl who looks, even with a fag hanging from her pale lips, like an alt-fashion model. But she sounds like one of the greatest female vocalists of a generation, arguably without even really trying.

High praise, but hang in there: qualification's coming. Covers have courted attention in certain quarters of the press–Lady Gaga here (watch on Youtube), Metallica there (watch on Youtube)–and a live duet with Ellie Goulding (watch on Youtube) hasn't harmed her chances of considerable exposure around the release of this 12-track collection of country-tinged radio rock (think late-60s, early-70s Laurel Canyon vibes, with more than a pinch of Fleetwood Mac, given a contemporary kick). But beyond the gimmicks there's a talent evident within seconds of opener Record Collector. Kitchen-cupboard percussion clatters, and then: "I'm tired of saying that I won't get lost ever again... Who knows, maybe I will." It's half-spoken, half-sung; it sounds angelic like few voices have this side of the millennium bug meltdown that never was. Not wholly celestial, grounded as it is in spit and sawdust, but reaching for an emotional connect with the listener that few new artists can aim for without sounding forced, pushed to the very extremities of their abilities.

That's why Lissie sounds special from the off: not once here does she enunciate uncomfortably, never overstretching to the detriment of the song in question. The way words tumble rapidly during the verses of When I'm Alone is nothing new, but they're offset by pre-chorus peaks that make evident the way she can ease up the octaves with a confidence that will always lift an arrangement, however ordinary it is in comparison to its vocalist. Which is good, as there are relatively pedestrian pieces here; tracks that in the hands of another would fade from the memory faster than an early-doors Big Brother evictee. Cuckoo is hard strums and shimmery production but ultimately hollow of design, and Worried About stomps itself into a go-nowhere circle–but both are brightened brilliantly by vivacious, vitalised vocals.

Lissie does not fully earn her an-artist-apart stripes with Catching a Tiger, but all the signs are here. Give the girl a second and she'll steal your heart; give her another album and she will, quite possibly, become untouchable. --Mike Diver

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It would be easy to misconstrue Lissie. Slight and blonde, a pretty, guitar-playing slip-of-a-thing, you might easily take her for a sweet Midwestern girl, a freckled balladeer borne of milk and cookies and cornfields. More fool you. For all the flaxen hair and big blue eyes, this girl is smart and gutsy and tough, with a big old voice to match it: Stevie Nicks taking Neko Case by the scruff of the neck, Laurel Canyon prettiness stewed in campfire and bourbon; there is, after all, a certain vocal quality that only a decade of beer and cigarettes can bring.
She was born in Rock Island, Illinois, one of the Quad Cities, on the banks of the Mississippi River. It's the city that inspired Rock Island Line, and that bore Bix Beiderbecke, it's the stuff of spring floods and pick-up trucks and bona fide blue collar country music. In the spring of 2006 she moved to LA and started her own night with musician friends at a bar called Crane’s Hollywood Tavern in her neighbourhood, which she named Beachwood Rockers' Society. Little by little things seemed to come together; she recorded a five-track EP named Why You Runnin' with her friend Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses that caught something of a fire in the States last year. She headed to Nashville to record with Jacquire King (who was fresh from working with the Kings of Leon). What came out of it was the bulk of her debut album, Catching A Tiger; 12 songs that range from bluesy-folk to unfettered pop and showcase both her remarkable voice and her songwriting chops.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After hearing the mesmerising 'Everwhere I Go' on we7.com I checked out Lissie's other songs. I also saw her live in a tiny venue in London in February 2010. Quite simply, she's an amazing talent. Her voice, with a huge likeness to Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac, is so powerful and bluesey, and her sheer energy on stage has me hooked. 'In Sleep' reveals some decent guitar skills and 'Record Collector' steadily builds to a fantastic ending... I love this album, and urge you to check it out, and check Lissie out live, her band are equally as talented and can really rock... A real talent, and one to watch in 2010 and onwards. Buy this album!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Chintan Nanavati VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Jeez! I'm flabbergasted at the sheer brilliance of Lissie. I've just seen her live at the Glee Club in Birmingham and she and her band astounded and spellbinded and just dragged bluesy-folky-alterno-rocky-souly music slap, bang into the present. She's completely her own person. Her own, humble, almost diffident self. Refreshingly un-diva-like. A regular kinda gal with Mississippi mud permanently wedged deep in her fingernails and soul... Her songwriting is wonderfully free of cliche and cod-portentousness like so many of her over-hyped and under-talented contemporaries. Many of whom have ridiculous levels of critical and public adulation. Lissie, on the other hand, wipes the floor with all of them! She's nothing less than the voice of a generation and of a particular geography. She's as essential and important an artist as Regina Spektor. They both share a fierce intelligence and great songcraft. Regina is, obviously, madder. And her stunning, baffling compositions reflect this greater madness. Lissie is, arguably, more sincere. She's certainly less self-consciously quirky. But her simpler songs have an elemental power that is all her own. I love all the songs on this genre-defying album in their own way. But I'm sent into spirals of quasi-religious ecstasy by the "won't you fill me up with it..." mini-mantra in the middle of Record Collector that reminds me of the similar ecstasy that the goddess chant in Inkubus Sukkubus's Wytches sends me into.
Nevermind the religious epiphanies... just check out her versions of (improvements on) Metallica's Nothing Else Matters and Lady GaGa's Bad Romance on youtube. Sadly omitted from this album, they prove just how unbelievably versatile Lissie really is - best album of 2010. (Possibly first equal with Dommin... I'm not sure yet...)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL! 19 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
After six months of playing part, or all of this album nearly every day, I still love it as much as I did when it was released. If it was possible to inject this album into my veins I probably would.
Lissie has so much talent I can't say. The voice, the lyrics, the honesty, and more..
It simply dosen't get any better!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So refreshing! 25 Jun 2010
By Adam N.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I kept hearing the song 'when I'm alone' on Radio 2, but Steve Wright didn't say who it was until yesterday!
I downloaded the album from Amazon that same day without hearing anything else, which is something I very rearly do as I am very fussy where music is concerned. I'm pleased to say I'm glad I took the risk! This is a great album, it's so refreshing to here someone like this, with a great voice and song writing skill who is not following the same template as most artists these days.

There's a mix of styles here, Folk, Rock, Blues and Pop, and it's all good! I'm only on my second listen and I love it already, which is another rare thing for me, as it usually takes a while for something to catch.

If you are a fan of Female vocalists but fed up with Gaga, Rhianna, etc, etc.. This could be for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than imagined 17 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
I heard one of the songs on the Tv not so long ago and put a note of it on my phone.
Ordered 3 weeks later after forgetting what I had already heard of it.
Not a single bad track on it, it's a cross between country, Irish folk and pop, and maybe almost a pinch like Ellie Goulding.
Anyway 10/10 And I hope this girl goes far!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding 17 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
I very rarely feel the need to write reviews of music I buy, but this girl is just so amazingly talented that I felt the need! I first heard Lissie's song "In Sleep" some months back now, and was totally hooked by her voice and lyrics. I looked her up on youtube, and came across her version of "Bad Romance" (I can't stand Lady Gaga) which is possibly one of the best performances you are ever likely to see, and from that moment on I have become increasingly spell bound by this beautifully raw amazingly talented girl. Songs like "Here Before" and the haunting "Everywhere I go" show she has been through some tough stuff, but she is just so still totally her own woman, and you feel like you know her after listening to her music as it's just so honest and you just know she puts every inch of her soul into the songs. I honestly cannot rate this girl high enough, she fully deserves all her success, but I just hope it doesn't change her or her music, because at present they are both simply hauntingly perfect.

My only slight gripe is that the recordings of some of the songs on the album are slightly inferior to the live versions on YT (if you haven't yet watched any then you simply must).
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5.0 out of 5 stars New talent 21 Jun 2010
Format:MP3 Download
This girl will go a long way. Different from anyone around at the moment, amazing live so keep an eye open for her!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing why have I not heard of her before
saw her on a you tubevid while just looking around, liked what I heard and brought this album. Wow I was totally amazed a great voice she should be a star, up there with Stevie... Read more
Published 29 days ago by i m dunbar
5.0 out of 5 stars Lissie catches her tiger
I bought this album having already bought the later one - she has a great voice and this is another collection of her characteristic self penned tunes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Coxygoesvroom
4.0 out of 5 stars It may be cliched but boy is it good
This could have come straight out of the 70s, a lost cousin to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, all folk rock and power ballads. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ninjen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
an excellent album, bought at same time as Back to Forever. Looking out now for more albums from this artist
Published 5 months ago by Ced
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album!
This is the best album I have heard for a long time. I just wish I had taken notice of Lissie sooner!
Published 10 months ago by Nigel Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great vocalist & Band
One of the great new Woman stars of the heavier end of rock, with a touch more maturity and some good songs she will be untouchable.
Published 10 months ago by Snake
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Live
I'd never heard of Lissie before I saw her live at the Hard Rock Calling festival a few months ago. She was great, fantastic voice and a very pleasant nature. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing vocalist, original style
ILOVE this woman! Her voca
S send a shiver down my spine. I bought the album for "when im alone" but The track "record collector" steals the show!
Published 12 months ago by pauline kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Lissie has a great singing voice and originality in her songs. Some variety in the tempo throughout the album with some rock and folk undertones. One of my favourite albums.
Published 13 months ago by mrs n r rice
5.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise
I had never heard of Lissie until recently when I heard hear latest single reviewed on BBC London. I bought this album on the strength of that (evan though the single is not on... Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Gear
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