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 with her husband 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 Shoppinghttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. I Control the Sunhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Hand-Me-Downshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Fools Like Mehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Tryhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Diamondshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Would You Wanderhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Probablyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Accidenthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Lucky Mehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Now I Understandhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004640010074839&RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Fus%252Falbum%252Fthe-way-it-really-is%252Fid816527972%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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