RELEASE
August 10, 2004
LABEL
Zoe
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop

Album Review

The fluke smash hit of Lisa Loeb's debut single, "Stay (I Missed You)," in 1994 was a blessing since it gave her a career, but a curse since it defined her career. For many, she was just a one-hit wonder, and it took her a long time to shake that stigma as she kept cutting records and cultivating a cult audience. She lost her major-label deal in the process, but majors weren't suited for her anyway since it forced her to work on a scale that was too large for the modest music she made. In 2004, a decade after "Stay," she had signed to Rounder's Zoe subsidiary, a better fit for her warm, low-key folk-pop and ballads, as The Way It Really Is, her first album for the label, proves. Quite simply, it's the best, most cohesive record she's made, a clean, crisp collection of well-crafted, gentle tunes that slowly, surely work into the subconscious. Loeb co-produced the album Dweezil Zappa, and they never overdress the songs, nor do they rely on Spartan, all-acoustic arrangements; they let the music breathe, sometimes adding layers of guitars and keyboards, sometimes keeping it to just her and another instrument or two. The Way It Really Is is still a quiet, modest album, but that's its appeal -- by being sounding so modest, Loeb's skills as a songwriter stand out, as do her charms as a singer. It's a sweet, ingratiating album, the first that she's made to truly deliver on the promise of "Stay," the one that offers definitive proof that Loeb is more than a one-hit wonder.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Window Shoppinghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  2. I Control the Sunhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  3. Hand-Me-Downshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  4. Fools Like Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  5. Tryhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  6. Diamondshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  7. Would You Wanderhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  8. Probablyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  9. Accidenthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  10. Lucky Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
  11. Now I Understandhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-it-really-is/id816527972?uo=5
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