Illinois folk centerpiece, Lissie, is back this month with the brand new single, Shameless, her first material since the smoky vocalists critically acclaimed 2011 EP, Covered Up With Flowers.
Lissie rose to take control of the folk scene back in 2010 with the eloquent debut record, Catching a Tiger, a collection of emotive, southern scented hits that included Cuckoo, In Sleep and her breakthrough hit, When I’m Alone.
Following the debut Lissie toured the globe extensively, headlining venues around the world and was also booked on numerous international festivals including many of the summer’s biggest UK events where she has become a driving force for the genre and a widely recognized hit maker.
While the singers sophomore release has been a long time in the making, fans have been treated to a meaty EP in the interim, led by a memorable cover of the Fleetwood Mac hit, Go Your Own Way – an appropriate choice given the singers vocal similarities to those of Fleetwood Mac icon Stevie Nicks. Lissie has also been busy with collaborative projects, appearing alongside pop superstar Robbie Williams on his latest Take the Crown release.
With Shameless, the folk star has changed direction slightly, opting for a much more punk orientated sound with a lot of crashing guitars wreaking havoc around the tracks echoed vocal arrangement.
The vocals are very raw on the track but still contain the same inflections and mature tones that we adored throughout the singers debut and past EP releases. Though those qualities are less on show here on Shameless, they provide a familiar feel to this new single allowing us to fall into the radio friendly flow of the track rather quickly.
Though we were hoping for something a little closer to the style of her earlier pennings, perhaps in the vicinity of the southern drenching we fell in love with on her Catching A Tiger record, Shameless is a fine start to her sophomore long-player and will no doubt add a further hit to Lissie’s growing repertoire.
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