I purchased "Hello Lisa" by singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb last Friday. I have her three other albums ("Tails", "Firecracker", and "Cake AND Pie"), so I thought I'd pick this one up. I'm a big fan of Lisa, and her band, Nine Stories. There is some real talent here.
"Hello Lisa" is mostly made up of songs from her February release "Cake AND Pie". She was signed with A&M Records, but she claims that they were not promoting the album, so she switched to Artemis Records. Artemis is a smaller, more artist-oriented label.
Why "Hello Lisa" you ask? Lisa is a long time fan of Hello Kitty, so she draped the disc and booklet with pictures of Hello Kitty, and titled the album "Hello Lisa". I personally think the cover of the album is very unique! It shows Hello Kitty holding the "Cake AND Pie" CD. One thing though, this cover shows Lisa with cat ears and a hair bow, just like Little Miss Kitty! Lisa thought of this concept, as noted in the CD. I think it's clever because the album is mostly made up of songs from "Cake AND Pie", so it's a nice little blend of both CDs.
The playlist is as follows:
(* indicates a new song)
1. Did That*
3. You Don't Know Me
4. Drops Me Down
5. The Way It Really Is
6. Bring Me Up
7. What Am I Supposed to Say?*
9. Someone You Should Know
11. Take Me Back*
12. (Hidden Track) - Acoustic version of "What Am I Supposed to Say?"*
1. "Did That" (Lisa Loeb) -
I like this song. It's really catchy. The lyrics in this song are very obscure, and that is one of the reasons why I love Lisa, her songs are pensive, and make you think.
2. "Underdog" (Music by Lisa Loeb & Dweezil Zappa, Lyrics by Lisa Loeb) -
I can really relate to this song. The song is about being the underdog, the little guy, the one who's "last in line". With the combo of an orchestra and guitars, this song brings you to a place, (like many other songs on the CD) and again, makes you think about life.
3. "You Don't Know Me" (Lisa Loeb & Dweezil Zappa) -
Another fun and catchy song, with AWESOME riffs! This song is about a girl who gets a boyfriend for the first time, and lets it get to her head. Sound familiar? Oh yeah! Lisa and beau Dweezil did an excellent job of articulating this situation.
4. "Drops Me Down" (Lisa Loeb) -
"And it drops me, drops me down / And I'm not feeling so good again..." You said it, Lisa. In this song, Lisa basically points out the fact that life can really suck sometimes. The lyrics and music join forces to create this feeling that runs right through you, and once again, makes you think. Excellent song.
5. "The Way it Really Is" (Music by Lisa Loeb & Glenn Ballard, Lyrics and Melody by Lisa Loeb & Lindy Robbins) -
This is a neat song. My favorite thing about this one is the singing. Lisa's vocals and backing vocals are very different sounding, and it makes the track stand on its own.
6. "Bring Me Up" (Lisa Loeb) -
What a great song! This is one of my favorites on the album! "Bring Me Up" is very appealing, with its nifty lyrics, magnificent guitar work, and also a neat beat.
7. "What Am I Supposed to Say?" (Music by Lisa Loeb & Randy Scruggs, Lyrics by Lisa Loeb)
The lyrics in this track, again, are very obscure, but memorable, and that is VERY hard to find in songs. Scruggs brings a very country-driven sound to this song, and Lisa's fun acoustic makes for a great combo.
8. "Everyday" (Lisa Loeb & Randy Scruggs) -
"Everyday / Love turns its back and just stands in my way..." Ah yes, the difficulties with love, that I know I will soon experience! What I love most about this song are the fantastic drums, which really hit you.
9. "Someone You Should Know" (Lisa Loeb & Dave Bassett) -
The single from "Cake AND Pie", I love this song. It's a very uplifting and inspiring song. I love the chorus in this one - "What you got, isn't what you wanted / What you need, just happens to be / Someone you should know..."
10. "Payback" (Lisa Loeb) -
Another fave. This blues-like song is INCREDIBLE! Dweezil plays some amazing electric guitar in this song...listen for the, I can't even describe in words, just amazing solo at the end!
11. "Take Me Back" (Lisa Loeb & Chad Fischer) -
Wow. I would buy this CD just for "Take Me Back" (IF that was the case)! This track is unbelievable. The lyrics and music once again join to take you somewhere else. "Take me out / Make me laugh / Never say, "Now I want to go back home, all alone" / And it makes me sad / 'Cause now you won't..." Lisa and Chad are giving me a very important message - one that someone my age should really remember - friends will always come and go. I love the orchestral element in this song, as well.
Lisa really outdid herself with this album. I strongly recommend buying this CD. She said it's a "collaborative effort", so she worked with many musicians and writers to create a new sound, and that sound will appeal to everyone!
Visit her website, lisaloeb.com