Lisa Mitchell
Said One to the Other


3.0
good

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
July 24th, 2008 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A good debut EP from a young singer-songwriter with lots of potential.

Idol is one of the worst things on television. Sure, I can think of worse programs (Big Brother, for example), but Idol isn’t far off in terms of shitty television. Most of the ‘talent’ the show produces has been pretty standard, if not boring. Lisa Mitchell is one such contestant, placing sixth in 2006 series of Australian Idol. I remember catching one of her performances at the time, and I was quite impressed with what I saw, but I quickly forgot about her once she was voted out. Anyway, two years on, I was played a song from the somewhat familiar name of Lisa Mitchell (I had forgotten her name as well), and after a quick google search I realized it’s the same girl. Said One to the Other is Mitchell’s first release, four tracks of soothing acoustic guitar and piano, coupled with Mitchell’s soft and delicate voice.

With such a small emphasis on the actual music, Said One to the Other relies quite heavily on the performance of Mitchell as its driving force, and although she has a unique and overall sweet voice, Mitchell’s performance isn’t as strong as it should’ve been. She sounds somewhat similar to Sarah Blasko, although the age difference is very noticeable in Mitchell’s voice, being born in 1990. She has a very light-hearted voice, easy on the ears and very well suited to the type of music she plays. All four tracks are quite slow-moving and mellow, and don’t really change from this style. Although this makes for a comfortable listen, it’s not terribly exciting. The biggest problem with the EP is that it goes by without leaving any trace behind; in other words, there really aren’t any memorable melodies to be heard, except perhaps on ‘Incomplete Lullaby’. Mitchell’s voice can be a delight to listen to, and the two middle tracks are reasonably strong in comparison to the other two, but unfortunately it’s not quite enough to really leave a big impression. ‘Incomplete Lullaby’ follows a very cheery piano tune, and consists of some truly heartwarming lyrics, which are wonderful coming from Mitchell’s subdued voice. ‘Sometimes I Feel Like Alice’ is the most upbeat song on the EP, based around a little fiddly acoustic medley, and lifted up by several cheerful piano chords. The other two songs follow similar patterns, mild and mellow, but are on the whole not very remarkable.

It may be just that I have an attachment to Mitchell’s voice, but I enjoyed the EP. You may be thinking a 3 is a low score for something which I think is quite good, but there’s not more I could do with a four song EP of which only two tracks are objectively good. Even so, Mitchell is an artist I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on in the future.



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rasputin
July 24th 2008


14555 Comments


Review is a little rushed, going to go over it and maybe make some changes now. Feel free to point out mistakes etc.
She has another EP that came out earlier this year, I'll have a review for it ready soon.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2008


17231 Comments


checked out her myspace. its all newer stuff, but it sounds good. she has a level of cuteness in her voice that i enjoy.

billy33
July 24th 2008


216 Comments


i remember her lol
she was pretty good from memory might listen to this at some stage

rasputin
July 24th 2008


14555 Comments


yeah, her newer EP is bettre than this one anyway.This Message Edited On 07.24.08

Jim
July 24th 2008


5110 Comments


atleast, unlike most idol contestants, she's going about it honestly. how many idol contestants have ever released a 4 track EP! this actually sounds interesting.

rasputin
July 24th 2008


14555 Comments


I think she's trying to do this on her own rather than trying to take advantage of any fame she might have had with idol, although I guess it helps with getting her name around.

Jim
July 24th 2008


5110 Comments


that's precisely why this has caught my eye. it's kind of refreshing that she is going about it alone, slowly carving a name for herself without all the bullshit marketing and label support which has gotten most idol contestants no where.
young diva's anyone??

Willie
Moderator
July 24th 2008


16149 Comments


I googled her and she's cute so that's enough for me. Actually this sounds like something I'd really like anyway.

Edit: The review is fine. How much can you write about four songs with minimal musical backing that all sound similar? Pos'd.This Message Edited On 07.24.08

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

rasputin
July 24th 2008


14555 Comments


Cheers for that Willie. I've pretty much finished the review of her newer EP, which as already stated is better, I'll be posting that tomorrow or something. I can't see why you wouldn't like it, so maybe give it a shot.
You can listen to the entire new EP (Welcome to the Afternoon) on her myspace.

taylormemer
July 24th 2008


4953 Comments


Hey look she swapped the word said so it didn 't look like a re-run of the Living End song.
But in seriousness I haven't heard her voice - will check out. I think we've (Australia) produced some good vocalists as of late. See my dig for an example.

Jim
July 25th 2008


5110 Comments


Hey look she swapped the word said so it didn 't look like a re-run of the Living End song.
lol i thought the same thing


rasputin
July 30th 2008


14555 Comments



Hey look she swapped the word said so it didn 't look like a re-run of the Living End song.

Strangely enough, the phrase 'said one to the other' is a lyric in the first song of the new EP

Eclectic
November 22nd 2009


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really good, almost a 4.

rasputin
November 22nd 2009


14555 Comments


it's overshadowed by Welcome to the Afternoon

Eclectic
November 23rd 2009


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm going to have to find that at some point, right after I listen to Wonder

Douglas
November 23rd 2009


9202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Slow' is such a great song.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2010


20859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I must admit that I thought I would dislike this strongly. Mitchell's child-like voice over sparse folky arrangements are not exactly my thing. But it's actually quite a good debut EP. While the pace of all tracks are roughly the same, Mitchell adds enough subtle variety to get by. The X-factor is the song-writing, which is surprisingly accomplished. Piano ballad 'Incomplete Lullaby' is the best track here, while sleepy closer 'All I Know' is the only thing resembling a dud.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2010


17231 Comments


I like her other EP a lot.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2010


20859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I'm just listening to that now... She finds a greater sense of melody & hooks 2nd time around.



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