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To Whom It May Concern
To Whom It May Concern

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 2 May 2003
This review is from: To Whom It May Concern (Audio CD)
This is a surprisingly solid debut from the King's daughter. Impressively, she has written all the lyrics and co-written all the music.
I would class it as bluesy rock. The best tracks are S.O.B., Sinking In, Nobody Noticed It and Indifferent. Lisa has a husky, smoky voice and pours emotion out in her songs.
Of course, what everyone's asking is who each song is about. All Lisa has said is that Nobody Noticed It is about her dad, So Lovely her kids, and To Whom It May Concern the drugging of children. It seems safer for her to neither deny nor confirm who the other songs are about, to prevent her career from being caught up in tabloid sensationalism.
Lisa isn't her dad and never will be - but to her credit she doesn't try. She has been compared to Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette but is really completely original. We can look forward to more from this talented lady.

To Whom It May Concern
To Whom It May Concern

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 21 April 2003
This review is from: To Whom It May Concern (Audio CD)
I am a huge Elvis fan, but when I heard that his daughter was doing an album, my reaction was negative. The facts that she hasn't made one before now (after all, she is 35) and that she had never even expressed publicly a desire to do so suggested it was nothing more than a fleeting novelty.
I found out quickly I was very wrong. Looking on the web, I found she had received very good reviews for the only public singing she had done at the time ('nobody noticed it' at her father's tribute concert), and that she had in fact been edging towards making music for 10 years, and been recording this album for 4. As several tracks were released in the us, I heard samples online, and by the time the album came out, I was a fan of Lisa's.
The album is truly fantastic. Lisa has a deep, smoky voice and demonstrates impressive songwriting skills, having written or co-written all of the 12 tracks (including the hidden one). It is difficult to classify her style, although it would probably be called pop-rock. There is however, a strong blues influence, and even a hint of country.
The lyrics are honest and open; 'S.O.B.' is brutal self-analysis; 'Nobody Noticed It' and 'So Lovely' are tributes to her father and children respectively; the title track is a stand against the drugging of children; 'Indifferent' and 'Gone' rail against ex-lovers.
Standout tracks are the rocky 'S.O.B.', the haunting 'Nobody Noticed It', the emotive 'Sinking In', the stirring 'Indifferent' and the brilliant 'To Whom It May Concern'. 'So Lovely' is a fitting title for a beautiful song, which is slightly different to the other album tracks, but not in a bad way. 'Lights Out' is not the best on the album, but is still catchy and radio-friendly.
The only problem is that, at times, it is a bit over-produced and Lisa's voice gets buried in the mix.
I would recommend this to fans of rock, darker pop, or blues. Lisa might not be her father, but she's still a talented singer.

A Little Deeper
A Little Deeper
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone, 21 April 2003
This review is from: A Little Deeper (Audio CD)
I must admit, I am not a garage person - in fact I usually detest it, rock is more my thing - but I felt I had to buy this album after hearing the 3 singles, and seeing Ms Dynamite interviewed.
I was not disappointed. The tracks are fantastic, and Ms Dynamite shows remarkable talent for a debut album. Best of all, the lyrics are deep and meaningful - again, amazingly mature to be written by a 21-year-old. You do not have to be a typical garage fan to enjoy this album, because it crosses all bases. Even if you're not a fan of the music, the lyrics give an interesting insight. Buy it!

Lights Out
Lights Out
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 28.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly solid, 14 April 2003
This review is from: Lights Out (Audio CD)
Many critics expected Lisa Marie Presley's debut single to be nothing more than a fleeting novelty - after all, as the daughter of the most celebrated entertainer of the last 50 years, it could hardly have been difficult for her to clinch a record deal.
The big surprise is: Lisa Presley is actually talented. She has a strong, husky, smoky voice, and also demonstrates potential as a songwriter on this self-penned track. It is catchy pop-rock with a hint of country thrown in, and, lyrically, deals with Lisa's heritage ('someone turned the lights out there in Memphis/that's where my family's buried and gone).
Lisa will never be as popular, influential or groundbreaking as her father was (no one will, for that matter). But, from the sounds of this, she stands a pretty good chance of becoming a credible artist.

Child Bride : The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
Child Bride : The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley
by Suzanne Finstad
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sensationalism, 14 April 2003
I somewhat enjoyed this book; it was interesting and enough of a good story. However, I took everything in it with a pinch of salt, and I sincerely doubt that this book is really the 'true story'.
Finstad, a tabloid journalist, works a little too hard to give the impression that this is well researched - which is understandable as her sources leave a lot to be desired for when it comes to reliability. Her biggest one is Mike Edwards, a man who only met Priscilla years after Elvis died, and never met Elvis - so it is hard to see how he can make perceptions about their relationship. Apart from Edwards, the main sources are memphis mafia wives, who famously didn't like priscilla.
I don't believe for one second that priscilla was entirely honest in 'elvis for me' - but the same can be said for finstad. this is well-written and enjoyable but at the end of the day tabloid fodder.

To Whom It May Concern
To Whom It May Concern

4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, haunting, powerful, raw, 13 April 2003
This review is from: To Whom It May Concern (Audio CD)
When I heard that Lisa Marie Presley was doing an album, my initial reaction was negative. Whilst I am a huge fan of her father, the fact that she has waited until she is 35 to do this implied at first that it might be a novelty.
When I found out more about Lisa, I actually discovered she had been edging towards a music career for the last 10 years, and by the time this came out I was a fan of hers. Do not worry about this being a novelty track, the girl can really sing, and is able to communicate her emotions powerfully, as she shows on this self-penned album.
It is a distinct rock edge, with some blues and country thrown in (perhaps for her father's fans?) The best tracks are S.O.B., a powerful, almost brutal, rocky opener, Lights Out, the first single, which is the most commercial but still very catchy, The Road Between, a beautiful ballad, Nobody Noticed It, which is dedicated to her father, and Better Beware.
I have given this album 4 stars rather than 5 because at times it is a bit overproduced, and Lisa's voice gets lost and buried under the music.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who likes pop, rock, blues or even country. Look forward to more from this lady.

Let Go
Let Go
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 2.97

15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars let go? more like let-down, 16 Mar 2003
This review is from: Let Go (Audio CD)
i bought this album on the strength of avril's debut complicated, but it took me about 3 listens to identify each track, as towards the end they tend to blend together.
the first half is undoubtedly better, featuring 'complicated', the catchy 'sk8er boi' and angst-ridden 'losing grip' and 'unwanted'. however, during the second half this album descends into easily forgettable insipid mush like 'anything but ordinary', 'nobody's fool' and 'my world'.
since she appeared on the scene, the debate has been raging over whether or not avril is a genuine 'punk'. personally, i don't care whether she's punk, pop or something else - all i'm interested in is whether or not she makes good music. she shows a lot of potential on this album, but it has not been fully realised yet. the main problem seems to be that in her attempt to be credible avril has written every song, and she doesn't have either the experience or emotional maturity to be able to write an entire album.

Stop Living the Lie
Stop Living the Lie
Offered by TOTAL RECALL UK 2
Price: 0.60

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nothing like gareth? whatever!, 15 Feb 2003
This review is from: Stop Living the Lie (Audio CD)
despite being a reality tv show, fame academy was billed as being a show for serious musicians/singers/songwriters, and it was clear there was some genuine talent in it. so the first single from the winner is a big disappointment - a soppy, westlife-esque ballad sung with little feeling or sincerity. the lyrics are nonsensical (he sits alone in a cafe...stop living the lie) and the vocals are ordinary.
someone needs to tell david sneddon that the fact he writes his own songs does not mean those songs are necessarily good. for genuine talent, check out sinead's new song.
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Let Go
Let Go
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: 2.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of pop-rock potential, 27 Dec 2002
This review is from: Let Go (Audio CD)
What with the countless Britney-a-likes clogging up the charts, it was only natural that eventually someone would come up with a new spin on the female teen idols who are so popular today. Following Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton is 17-year-old Avril Lavigne with her debut album.
'Let Go' stormed up the charts following the massive success of Lavigne's debut single 'Complicated', but the only track here that can equal its catchiness and popularity is the teen-friendly pop-rock hit-in-waiting 'sk8er boi'. Nevertheless, there are other great tracks in the first half of the album. 'Losing Grip' and 'Unwanted' are Lavigne's (pretty good, it has to be said) attempts at harder rock, and both will stick in the mind. 'I'm With you' is a gentler, cosier track perfect for cuddling up to, and 'Tomorrow' is also softer, but very different from the former.
Unfortuneately, some of the tracks in the middle of the album are bland and forgettable - particularly 'Anything but ordinary' and 'my world', which, for someone who is marketed as being the Britney antidote has very strange lyrics ('I don't blow dry my hair because I can't get it straight, so I braid it instead').
'Things I'll never say' is one of the better tracks and has a little in common with 'Complicated'. 'Nobody's fool' has a catchy, singalong chorus, but Lavigne loses a fair amount of credibility when she tries to raps on the verses.
The last 2 tracks are a good finish to the album and draw it away from the blandness of the tracks. 'Naked' is similiar to 'I'm With You' but slightly edgier.
All in all, Lavigne shows plenty of potential on her debut album. As long as she keeps coming up with 'sk8er boi's and moves away from 'anything but ordinary's, she could be around for a while to come.

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