My Record Collection - May 24, 2021

My Record Collection by Lissie
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My Record Collection by Lissie

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of singer-songwriter Lissie, let's see what she opts for...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"Either Rhythm Nation 1814 by Janet Jackson or something by Huey Lewis and the News. I would dance in my parents' basement to both, putting on shows for imaginary audiences."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"True Blue by Madonna. I wanted to be Madonna when I was little. Again, basement concerts for imaginary audiences..."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"It's Born to Die by Lana Del Rey. During the summer of 2011, I listened to this record non-stop! One of the things I love about her music is how emotionally evocative it is. She establishes a scene and a mood, it can be a little self-indulgent, to almost sink into the moodiness at times. Lots of good sing-along melodies as well. Whenever I was feeling sulky about a dude, for years, this was my go-to!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Alone in The Universe by Jeff Lynne’s ELO. So much of this album feels life-affirming and lifting to me. The pace, harmonies, pling-i-ness of the guitars combine to settle me down into a grounded place. 'The Sun Will Shine on You' was a constant companion in the early winter of 2015 after I’d moved from California back to the midwest, to Iowa."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"The Black Album by Metallica. 'Nothing Else Matters' is an all-time favourite of mine. I have cried to this song many a time. But there’s also so much power and intensity that I feel when I listen. Kirk Hammett’s guitars really tug at the heartstrings too."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Sheryl Crow’s self-titled second album. I just love how classic and intimate these songs are. I’ve always been a huge fan of hers and I feel like this album didn’t garner as much attention as others. Sometimes it's the sleepier, more subtle songs like 'Home' and 'The Book' that are my favourites. She’s not only an incredible singer, but a great storyteller."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles. It’s just so colourful, full and curious. There’s a lot for the eyes to take in and wonder about."

 

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I’m just gonna say my own debut album, Catching A Tiger.  I love this title because it took on more and more meaning even after it was released and I started to share and promote it. The significance of catching a tiger was always shifting and being met with these little connections or coincidences."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"The success of Ke$ha and her album Animal was a surprise to me. That's really the first thing that came to mind."

 

The last record I bought was…

"The latest release from the brilliant Samantha Crain, I Guess We Live Here Now. I am a huge fan of Samantha as a person, singer and songwriter. The song 'Bloomsday' has been on constant repeat for me. Her music is very settling and grounding, heart-moving for me."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2021 is…

"I’d love to hear more from Gorillaz! Or if Bobbie Gentry were to suddenly reappear! I doubt she’ll ever come out of retirement but she is probably one of the best lyricists to ever make songs."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"I’ve never really thought of having a greatest record of all time” pick, but if forced to choose the album Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair stands out. It’s such a solid and compelling body of work, start to finish. Exploring that 90s Midwest headspace and experience Phair was having to how it was recorded to cassettes, her having to stand by a vision collaborators disagreed with."

"I love the statement that it was a song by song response to Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones. There’s such a rawness and yearning to it as well that really gets you in the gut. Tough yet vulnerable, I find it to be very sincere and a brilliant effort!"

 

Lissie's new collection, Watch Over Me (Early Works 2002-2009), is released in July. Click here to pre-order the LP from hmv's online store. 

Watch Over Me (Early Works 2002-2009)
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