The fifteen original songs that Lisa wrote for this album are very upfront and real. They reflect her unpretentiously strong but bleak feelings about love and life. And I must say they’re well-suited to the melancholic timbre of her voice.
Technically speaking, she doesn’t have a great singing voice and she has a tendency to drawl through vowels, making her unintelligible at times.
But she does have a sense of presence when she sings and she can sell songs that are moody and sullen so in that sense, Storm and Grace plays to her strengths.
Producer T Bone Burnette also does a good job of emphasizing Lisa’s strengths and producing a consistent tone.
He builds momentum on “So Long” with a gradual crescendo in the bassline, while the subtle mixing of a crying steel-guitar line on “Close to the Edge” reflects the song’s underlying sadness.
The upright bass and two-step rhythm give the arrangement of “Over Me” a real swagger to match Lisa’s attitude.
On the whole, the album generates few sparks and could have benefited with a couple more upbeat tracks so I’m giving Storm and Grace 2 outta 5.
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