Thursday, May 27, 2010


There's a journey you have to make if you're a blond waif with a big voice. You go to Los Angeles three years ago and start playing gigs and hoping someone actually hears you. Then after a few years, you make an EP and put it out with the saved-up dime and quarter tips from your waitressing job. And because it's required of waifs trying to make it in the music biz, you drop your last name and become "Jewel" or "Dido" or "Madonna".

This is standard waif-fu fare from Lissie Maurus, who, of course, uses the name "Lissie" now because after all, if it was good enough for preceding waifs... anyhow, the song is named "When I'm Alone" and is typical waif-fu relationship twaddle. But she does execute quite well, and the fact that she's not some glamorous starlet type but just an ordinary young lady with big glasses and disheveled hair makes her seem oddly compelling when singing this kind of song. Don't know if I'm waiting for an album from her, too much estrogen (heh), but if waif-fu is your taste in music, you can decidedly do worse.

- Badtux the Music Penguin

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