New Music Tuesday: Lissie

I like the girl’s style. Let me just say that.

I’m not necessarily talking about Lissie’s music—which is obviously good or we wouldn’t be talking about her right now—but about the way she’s lived her 28 years of life.

lissie2After getting expelled from high school senior year (what must she have done for that to happen?), she got her diploma anyway at an alternative education center in Rock Island, Illinois, where she grew up. Spent two years at Colorado State, then a semester in Paris and finally onto the music business where she’s been ever since.

In 2008 Lenny Kravitz stumbled upon her MySpace page and invited her to open for him on his tour later that year. Now, in August of 2010, she’s finally got her first full album, “Catching a Tiger,” and it’s a doozy.

“Little Lovin’” is probably the most marketable track on the record, but “Record Collector” and “Cuckoo” have great pop potential, too. Lissie’s voice has this smoky, somber tone that sounds like it would be right at home in the 1960s. It’s emotionally charged yet tempered, and the music she runs behind the vocals is light and smooth.

She’d be a helluva live show, I have little doubt, but the album itself is a tight little work of art. Rough beginnings have led to what looks like quite a bit of success, proving once again that the stupid mistakes we make when we’re 17 don’t necessarily have to translate to our adult lives as well.

That’s why I like the girls’ style. It’s just a bonus that the music is so good, too.

Check out “Little Lovin’” here:

And for kicks and giggles, a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”:

And grab the album, out today at record stores (online or otherwise) everywhere!

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Joel Brigham writes about stuff. It’s pretty much all he cares about. Stuff like music and more music. But he mostly cares about music. And also music.

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