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The Way It Really Is
1. Window Shopping
2. I Control the Sun
4. Fools Like Me
7. Would You Wander
10. Lucky Me
11. Now I Understand
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 431070
Lisa Loeb; Dave Bassett; John Shanks; Jimmy Harry; Chad Fischer; Lisa Loeb; Dweezil Zappa; Chad Fischer; Jimmy Harry; John Shanks
Chris Fudurich; Brant Biles; Dave Bassett; Maia Sharp; Philip Loeb; James Murray; Mark Valentine; Jeff Rothschild; Chris Fudurich; Brant Biles; Dave Bassett
Personnel: Lisa Loeb (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano); Lisa Loeb; Jimmy Harry (guitar, guitars, keyboards, programming); John Shanks (guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Jason Falkner (electric guitar, Wurlitzer piano, Wurlitzer organ, background vocals); Michael Sherwood (grand piano); Mark Meadows (bass guitar); Shelly Peiken (background vocals); Dave Bassett (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Maia Sharp (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Dweezil Zappa (electric guitar); Chad Fischer (cello, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion); Larry Goldings (piano); Ronny Crawford (drums, percussion); Matt Laug, Joe Travers (drums); Emily Saliers (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: John Shanks; Jeff Rothschild; Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: 3:20 Studios; 4th Street Recording, Santa Monica, CA; Bitch Stevenson Sound; Blackstone House Recording; Chateau Relaxeau; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Lookout Sound; Mix This!; Paramount Recording Studios; Sound Lounge.
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
Rolling Stone (p.120) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Loeb is a singer-songwriter who knows how to mix ponderousness with pop-wise charm."
Entertainment Weekly (pp.88-9) - "Her writing is stronger than ever, and the material is curiously light on its feet." - Grade: B
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