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To whom it may concern - Presley's first album a melancholy commentary

by Agge Sjobom, assignment editor

   

Though her name will generate most of the sales, at least initially, it is actually her music that deserver the listener’s attention: it is actually good.

Lisa Marie Presley’s debut album, To Whom It May Concern (Capital), is not Mozart, but it is genuine and gutsy. Musically the album is rock and pop. Lyrically it is extremely bitter and melancholic, even shocking at times. Her vocals are subdued, which adds to the melancholy of the album but also puts an identity to it, adding to its strength.

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The melancholy also makes the album almost disturbing, at least lyrically, as it appears to reflect bizarre and angry moments, stages, and feelings in her life. That being said, those same ingredients make up for an interesting and exciting album to listen to, not just once but several times.

 

Two songs stand out, “Lights Out,” which is the first single from the album, and “The Road Between.” The more one listens, the more one hears songs that stands out. One is “Sinking In” with strong musical arrangements in the chorus. Another is “So Lovely,” that is softer vocally and lyrically, and showcases the beauty in her voice.

 

Probably every review will mention her father, Elvis Presley, and how his early death has inspired much of her lyrics. “Gone,” as well as “Lights Out” both strongly reflects her feelings of betrayal for losing her father and having to live in constant memory of him. The album is not asking for sympathy, it is merely a creative outlet for her reflective, honest, and outspoken perception.

The title track, “To Whom It May Concern,” is a song loaded with opinion and a slap at society. The song protests prescribing drugs to children who need psychological help. If the cause of the problem is not found, society takes the easiest solution, turning to antidepressants or other drugs. Lisa Marie is against such casual treatment of symptoms as it can create addiction and leave the problem unsolved.

The album also contains a hidden track after the last song, which frames her debut on a happier note. The song goes untitled, as it is not listed.

Lisa Marie’s debut has potential, though the tracks might be stronger if performed live. Hopefully she will be given the opportunity to tour the album. If so, don’t miss it. Performing live might allow her vocal experimentation and live soul, strengthening the quality of her music.

 

 

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