Lissie - When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective Vinyl LP
Lissie When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective Vinyl LP
"When you take a song out of its production and strip it down to its basic elements, you get the heart of the song," says Lissie, a sentiment which embodies her new album When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective. A re-imagining of her best-loved and career-defining tunes, it unclothes the songs down to their most intimate and vulnerable selves, letting her pristine voice and songwriting shine. "You find out whether [a song] can stand on its own, whether it's a good song," she continues. "When they come down to their basic bones, are these really meaningful pieces that stand on their own?"
From the gentle piano intro of the first track "Don't You Give Up On Me" (from 2016's My Wild West), it's evident this isn't a mere retread or reboot of past successes, but, in fact, a refashioning and recentering of her past. She removes the driving backbeat and the bombastic flourishes from the original to expose a gentle and plaintive, emotion-drenched song that pleads and tugs.
Other songs that are disrobed include "Sleepwalking" (from 2013's Back to Forever), "Best Days" (from 2018's Castles), "In Sleep" (from her 2010 debut Catching a Tiger). and a heartfelt remake of Dixie Chick's "Cowboy Take Me Away." Bound to repeat her track record with Fleetwood Mac covers (her cover of "Go Your Own Way" remains as her most streamed track), Lissie's cover of "Dreams" gorgeously plays tribute to the Stevie Nicks-led song without copying it note-for-note.
The transformation of breakthrough single "When I'm Alone" (from her 2010 debut Catching a Tiger) – the first single to be released from this album – boils down the soaring pop single to a tense and emotive song that aches with heartbreak. When she sings, "When I reach out and I only grab air / And it kills me to think that you never did care", her immediately identifiable velvet-lined vocals take center stage and pull at the heartstrings.
Lissie When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective Track Listing:
1. Don't You Give Up On Me (Piano Version)
2. Sleepwalking (Piano Version)
3. Everywhere I Go (Piano Version)
4. Castles (Piano Version)
5. When I'm Alone (Piano Version)
6. Love Blows (Piano Version)
7. Dreams (Piano Version)
8. Daughters (Piano Version)
9. Best Days (Piano Version)
10. Cowboy Take Me Away (Piano Version)
11. In Sleep (Piano Version)
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