For her sophomore album, Lissie has pretty much packed up and split from the charming country/rock confines of her 2010's debut Catching a Tiger and moved headlong into the neon-lit alt-pop streets of Los Angeles. It didn't take her killer version of "Go Your Own Way" -- or husky Stevie Nicks vocals - to draw attention to the Fleetwood Mac influences inherent in her sound, but producer "Jacknife" Lee (R.E.M., Snow Patrol) crystallizes the thumping freeway beats, ticking bass lines, fluid guitar work and big, bold melodies in a way only hinted at on Tiger. From start to finish, Back to Forever (October 8, Fat Possum) pulses with propulsive energy and grabs hold with Lissie's no-holds-barred vocals, moving songs like the "I Bet You" and album opener "The Habit" into whirling forces of sonic power pop with a chaser of bangin' rock riffs. Maybe it's the fact that Lissie is no slouch when it comes to guitar slinging that these songs, despite the glossy edges on the production, kick hard and hit true. They may aspire to acceptance but it's clear it will be on Lissie's terms. Click through to catch some videos and stream the über-hooky "Sleepwalking."
Lissie - "The Habit" (from Back To Forever)
Lissie - "Sleepwalking" (from Back To Forever)
Stream the full album at Rolling Stone.