Lisa Mitchell
Welcome to the Afternoon


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
July 24th, 2008 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A more mature, varied, and overall better offering, building upon what Mitchell laid out in her first EP.

Although being relatively unsuccessful in terms of coverage with her first EP, Lisa Mitchell must’ve done well enough to come back with another one, which capitalizes on what she originally had created with Said One to the Other and goes on to really define her own sound. Unlike her first release, Welcome to the Afternoon shows a lot more promise and gives us four very solid songs, which are all notable on different counts. Beginning with the somewhat droning ‘See You When You Get Here’, Mitchell sets a laid back mood which follows the EP throughout, although lifting up a bit towards the end. Her delicate voice duels with the bouncy beat on ‘See You When You Get Here’, with a spooky yet soothing whistle effect floating around. It’s an interesting start, and the EP only gets better.

What plagued her first EP was that it wasn’t varied as it should’ve been, and she shied away from a more prominent role in each of the songs. However, like any good artist should do, she solves both these problems on Welcome to the Afternoon. Again using various combinations of her acoustic guitar, piano, and some more unusual instruments, Mitchell really displays a sense of confidence about her music and an inherent coolness in showing us what she can do. ‘Neopolitan Dreams’ marks a change from the first track, losing the eeriness of ‘See You When You Get Here’, and actually sounding cute, due both in part to the instrumental variations, and to the vocal style. What I presume is a glockenspiel, or a similar instrument, takes the lead over a bubbly performance from Mitchell, held steady with some well-placed handclaps. Triple J is making no mistakes in pushing this song forward, as it truly is a catchy and well crafted track.

Welcome to the Afternoon really is an EP of surprises, however. After another predictable yet strong third track in ‘Far Far Far Away’, Mitchell just blows her first three songs out of the water with the totally unexpected and bluesy ‘A Little Ramblin' Blues For Any Hour’. This is the moment which makes the EP, still keeping things ‘Lisa’, but delving into something a little different. A small pluck of her guitar, and the song bursts to life, toppling the mellow setting of the previous three songs with a timely climax to the EP. At first I couldn’t decide if her voice really suited the quicker tempo and change in style, but I gradually realized how suited it actually was. A slight wit about her lyrics is also apparent, with a very tasteful harmonica being thrown in right after the lines ‘I play guitar and you play guitar / You play guitar and I play harmonica’. To finish off what is a fantastic song, Mitchell rises above her comfort zone vocal-wise, almost shouting the line ‘you shouldn’t have done that’, propelling the song to its finish.

Welcome to the Afternoon is what I like to think of as a gem. It may be a very short EP, but all of its songs are fantastic, and I’m definitely very partial to Mitchell’s warming voice. Her brand of poppy folk is simply refreshing to listen to, and this EP shows a great evolvement and maturity from her previous release. In all honesty, I’m greatly looking forward to hearing from her again.

Note: All 4 songs are available for listening on Mitchell's myspace, and the track 'Neopolitan Dreams' is available as a free download from Triple J

http://www.myspace.com/lisalisamitchell
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/listen/mp3s.htm




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BallsToTheWall
July 24th 2008


44805 Comments


8 ball corner pocket brother. I'll be back soon so i'll write this down for now.

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fireaboveicebelow
July 24th 2008


6837 Comments


hmm, I think I'm interested

rasputin
July 24th 2008


14555 Comments


Cheers balls. I went into a bit more detail about the songs to give it a little beef, still not sure if it completely worked. I guess it's all right.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2008


17225 Comments


I picked this up last night after your review for her first EP (i picked up both). Neapolitan Dreams and A Little Ramblin' Blues really make this EP a catch. Thanks.

rasputin
July 24th 2008


14555 Comments


yeah, they're my favourites as well. A Little Ramblin' Blues probably is the best thing about this.

Kaleid
July 24th 2008


711 Comments


It got me interested. I want to hear more of this poppy folk. Nice.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2008


17225 Comments


the whole thing is on her myspace.

rasputin
July 24th 2008


14555 Comments


Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. My bad.This Message Edited On 07.24.08

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 25th 2008


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds cool, will check it out

taylormemer
July 25th 2008


4944 Comments


Should've been x 2 = awkward sentence.

rasputin
July 25th 2008


14555 Comments


took me a while to get whaty ou were talking about.
I thought it was all right, because it was 'it should've been' and then 'she should've been', sort of listing it, but I guess I could word it better.

EDIT: ok changed it, how's that?This Message Edited On 07.25.08

taylormemer
July 25th 2008


4944 Comments


You've already established who you are talking about in the first few words:

What plagued her first EP

To then say:
was that it wasn’t varied as it should’ve been, and Mitchell[...]
is redundant as you've already named the artist with 'her'.
I would write, "What plagued her first EP was that it wasn’t varied as it should’ve been, and that she shied away from a more prominent role in each of the songs."
You probably don't need to reuse 'Mitchell' as often either, because we know you are talking about.
Only use it when changing accounts to another person and then returning back again, or when you've strayed off topic, where the artist needs to be reitterated to make sense to the reader.


rasputin
July 25th 2008


14555 Comments


ok, cheers for that. I went through it and made a few relevant edits, will go through it again in a little while and see if there is more if I can do. Feel free to point out anything more, it's very appreciated.

Willie
Moderator
July 25th 2008


16133 Comments


I forgot to check this out when I got home yesterday. I'll have to do it today. I'm reading this after all the edits, but it seems fine to me.

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AtavanHalen
July 25th 2008


17927 Comments


Am I going crazy, or was this girl on Idol?

billy33
July 25th 2008


216 Comments


yeah she was

taylormemer
July 25th 2008


4944 Comments


Am I going crazy, or was this girl on Idol?

Yep. Read his other review for her. I don't personally remember her though - not that I religiously watch clown idol.


rasputin
July 26th 2008


14555 Comments


yeah, she was on Idol, I mentioned that in my other review of her so I didn't bother mentioning it again.

Shadowskos
August 3rd 2008


352 Comments


It was an enjoyable listen from the four songs on her myspace page. Neopolitan Dreams is a fun song to listen to.

rasputin
November 8th 2008


14555 Comments


Just got back from seeing her play, she sounded really good, except she kept fidgeting and it made her look uncomfortable to be on stage. She's a lot skinnier than I thought as well.



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