“This DC area rocker knows her way around power chords and tasty guitar licks, better than mama’s home cookin’: if mama was Joan Jett. “
Artist: Lisa Lim
Album: Lisa Lim
Genre: Rock / Blues
RIYL: Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Jett
This DC area rocker knows her way around power chords and tasty guitar licks, better than mama’s home cookin’: if mama was Joan Jett. Every song is crammed full of yummy hooks and sweet chunky guitar, with her crack shot band of bass, keys, drums and vocals. I hate it when a guitarist is so bent on playing as many notes as they can in each measure that they forget they’re playing music. Lisa’s work is never like that on her self-titled album, instead it’s always melodic and in service to the song. She’s also not one of those performers who finds that one thing they’re good at, and then puts it in every song. Each cut has a distinctive feel and a unique sound. This hard working musician plays in several bands and performs a lot up and down the east coast. I’ll bet there’s a line out the door at each gig.
“Superstitious Mind” fools you at first, with honeyed vocals and a laid back groove, but then her powerful guitar eases in. The sensual and playful “My Perfect World” invites someone to “tackle me to the ground.” “Broken Promise Blues” is a reminder to never piss off a songwriter. In “Distant Second,” she tells us she’d rather be first because second is “not a fun place to be.” Ain’t that the truth. “Perfect Fit” is about that lover who’s like a favorite pair of jeans. It features an especially mouth-watering bluesy guitar solo.
There’s a cool vibe in “Denial” that comes from the Hammond-sounding organ. That organ is the centerpiece in “Please Please Don’t Go,” helping to wrench every ounce of emotion as she pleads with a lover. The catchy chorus, harmonies and reverb-rich guitar in “I Got You” gives it a retro sound, like a 60’s girl group, only with better fidelity. “Our River” is a ballad where she longs for more innocent times.
The next two songs deal with letting go. In “The Letter,” she’s thinking about writing a letter to a lover and saying the truth, trying to let go of the hard stuff. In “Let Go,” it’s like she’s already written the letter. “Manic Energy” is a fun party tune. If you’re not shaking your booty to that one, you’re dead.
At times, she leans too far into clichés with lyrics like “… gotta fight with all your might …” and “… you said you’d be mine, there’d be no other.” It’s a minor complaint, though, ‘cause it’s rock and it’s more about the groove and musicianship. She’s got a lot of that – like a mouth-watering meal where you can always get seconds.
Lisa Lim website: http://www.lisalimmusic.com