LiSA ALiCE | Plans in Pencil

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Plans in Pencil

by LiSA ALiCE

LiSA ALiCE is among the best singer-songwriters you'll find: an astounding performer with a unique approach to songwriting, an original guitar technique, and sweet breath for a voice.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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2. Not Blue
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3. The Note
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
No one is capable of composing the intelligent and adorable cuddlecore sound quite like Lisa Alice.

"Lisa Alice...is quirkier than your standard girl with guitar. She's also better." - Heather Fielding, PostHoc.com

"Lisa Alice weaves the sweetest of acoustic gal pop." - Aquarius Records

"Lisa Alice is in that small group of artists who are stupendous solo...Lisa's solo work pulls, pushes, pulls, shoves, tugs and, yes, somehow holds us close the entire time." - Kelly Nathanson, Portland Girls

Of all the places for one's musical career to begin, a college philosophy department might sound like a rather peculiar option, but it was for a philosophy department seminar that Lisa recorded her first song. Though she had been singing since she was a child and playing piano since age five, it wasn't until college that Lisa picked up a guitar and joined a band, writing half of the group's material and contributing lead vocals. In 1998, Lisa struck out on her own. Within her first year as a solo artist, she won a semifinalist spot in the Lilith Fair Talent Search. The following year she was a finalist in the same competition. Lisa spent two years practicing in her apartment, playing with the acoustics created by wood floors and a lack of furniture, and saving up money to record and release some of her material. In 2000, Lisa made her recorded debut with the Pygmalionic EP, and it didn't take long for her to sell every copy that was pressed. She followed up in 2003 with the full-length That Thing in Your Hand, which includes the much-praised "Push Girl," a song that has garnered prizes from Billboard and the Recording Academy.

Now Lisa offers the new Plans in Pencil, an audiophile EP of five new songs. Recorded in analog and mastered by Grammy-winning producer Cookie Marenco, Lisa's Plans in Pencil EP is home to five cuddlecore folk-pop songs, each of which shows off her remarkable variety of influences and skills. Among the list of those who Lisa says have had an impact on her creatively, you'll find a little bit of everything. From classic songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Emily Saliers, to poets like Walt Whitman, Sharon Olds, and Carl Phillips. From the classical music of Bach and Beethoven, to musicals like "Annie." From Poi Dog Pondering to Neil Diamond. From rock and pop to dance and hip-hop. In Lisa's music listeners can hear the easy mingle of originality and influence: the syncopated rhythms, alternate tunings, intelligently poetic lyrics, and expressive, breathy voice.


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Shahar

Good Music
This is something unique and the music is good.

Laura T. Lynch of Kweevak.com

Animated !
Plans in Pencil is a five song audiophile EP. Alice draws from a diversity of influences from poets to musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Dylan and Bach. Lisa approaches her art with a unique flair, she uses alternative tunings to color her poetic, visual lyrics. Alice is a strong singer yet her execution is often gentle. Her music is a colorful blend of acoustic pop with shades of folk, rock and hip-hop. The CD was recorded in analog and mastered by Grammy winning producer Cookie Marenco. 'Tuesday Sirens' is intriguing with its seductive lyrics layered over subtle guitars and an interesting use of abrupt stops. 'ParisSanFrancisco' is an image filled song about separation. Lisa's vocals are expressive and stunning. The guitar work is mellow yet magical. Alice is an animated vocalist and storyteller and her latest acoustic release is compelling and unique!

Collected Sounds

wish it were longer
Lisa Alice has a sweet voice, sounding innocent without being childlike. Almost like a mellower Ani DiFranco.

The songwriting is great. The melodies are interesting, comforting and will stick with you. The rhythms are intricate (especially on "New").

The guitar playing is skillful but not show off-y. Simple sounding, raw, emotional guitar.

I hope to hear more from Lisa Alice in the near future. [see website for full review]

Sharon B.


This CD is one of those rare albums that gets better and better with each listen. I liked it the first time through. The second time I __really__ liked it. Now I've listened all the way thru about 6 times in one week(!!) and I love it. Lisa Alice on this Plans in Pencil disc is laid bare (or written in pencil, I guess) and it is great.

Nola K

Strawberries
This cd is like a batch of ripe, in the middle of summer, red and delicious strawberries. Upon first nibble, you are delighted by the sweetness, and your mouth begins to water. Happily you go munching along, sometimes shocked at the tartness of her sound, suprised by her tenderness, mystified by her guitar...this very cd will leave you yearning for more. Bite after bite, you will love Lisa Alice