Lisa Loeb
No Fairy Tale


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
January 30th, 2013 | 62 replies


Release Date: 01/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lisa Loeb's first album in nearly a decade still plays like it's 1994.

Do you recognize the name Lisa Loeb? Don’t worry; you can be forgiven if you don’t have any idea who she is. For all intents and purposes, she was basically a one-hit wonder back in the nineties for her song ‘Stay (I Missed You)’ – you may recognize it as the end-credits song from Reality Bites. That’s not to say that she hasn’t been busy since her early success in 1994 – she has a few gold albums and a consistently solid body of musical work, in addition to TV spots, voice acting and a few children’s albums – it’s just that she isn’t widely known outside of her small, but dedicated fan base. It has also been nearly a decade since the last time she released an album… I’m just saying that it's okay if you don’t recognize the name. Will Lisa’s first work in nearly ten years make you regret the oversight and rush out to buy her back-catalog? No, probably not. Is it good? Yeah, it’s good.

Lisa Loeb’s big hit was basically an alt. pop song about a relationship. There were a lot of those back in the day due to the success of Sarah McLachlan on one end of the spectrum and Alanis Morissette on the other. Loeb was able to set herself apart, though, due to the song’s placement on a movie and the subsequent video being pushed by Mtv. The track was guided by her sweet voice and hot librarian looks, and featured a chorus that was going to stick in your head whether you liked it or not. Why is this extended history lesson relevant? It’s important because nothing has really changed. No Fairy Tale is Lisa doing what she does best; well done alt. pop guided by her sweet voice and carried by infectious choruses combined with an easily digestible musical backing. On the track ‘The 90s’ Lisa Loeb will tell you that she doesn’t miss the nineties and isn’t trying to rehash it, but I think she’s fooling herself. There are still plenty of people that are into slow-to-moderately paced alt. pop and she does it well enough to please most of them, so what’s the problem?

There’s not a lot to really discuss when it comes to No Fairy Tale. The album definitely lacks an identity or even any defining characteristics, but that has always been the case. Lisa’s music is good and there’s no doubt that she had to put in some work to get where she is, but she has definitely benefited from being in the right place at the right time as well. I even went back and re-listened to her 1994 debut before coming back to this one, and the songs are virtually interchangeable. In the end, though, who cares? No Fairy Tale is a good album that is a worthy addition to Lisa Loeb’s discography, and it will definitely satisfy anybody into her brand of catchy alternative-based pop.



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Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2013


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

There wasn't really much to say about this album. I liked it, but it's kind of featureless. Here's her hit from the nineties:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka9mCmx9Jhs/

Spotify link to her new album:

http://open.spotify.com/album/1NCy4k4OeAmOtZZJATPLOF

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klap
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2013


10493 Comments


nice, didn't realize she was still popping out albums

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19913 Comments


nice review willie. I totally used to jam Loeb in the 90's.

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Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2013


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

nice, didn't realize she was still popping out albums
Well, it has been ten years....

nice review willie. I totally used to jam Loeb in the 90's.
I remembered the one song, but never really listened to her stuff.

omnipanzer
January 30th 2013


21617 Comments


*crush

I think she's written a few minor hits for other people too. I think Stay (I Missed You) was
originally intended for Billy Joel or Huey Lewis.

Nice review

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omnipanzer
January 30th 2013


21617 Comments


Bah... I can't find any verification of that but I swear she said it on the Howard Stern show back when her reality series was on.

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2013


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

I wouldn't doubt it. I read through her wiki page (the only place for reliable information) and it had her listed as doing tons of different things.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2013


3469 Comments


0.5?

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2013


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

There's a problem with the new rating system. If you go back to edit the review after it's posted you can't use the new system and it defaults to 0.5 -- I just figured that out.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19913 Comments


listening to stay right now it's sooo nostalgic. i even remember that music video on MTV back in the day.

DominionMM1
January 30th 2013


10100 Comments


i always wondered what happened to her

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19913 Comments


same. this review came as a nice surprise

omnipanzer
January 30th 2013


21617 Comments


whenever I think about Reality Bites I think of Stay, Spin The Bottle and Flight of The Skajaquada.

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2013


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

If you have Spotify, here is the album:

http://open.spotify.com/album/1NCy4k4OeAmOtZZJATPLOF

DominionMM1
January 30th 2013


10100 Comments


i always get reality bites and singles confused

Willie
Moderator
January 30th 2013


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.1

Once the nineties became good and saturated with that 'Seattle alternative culture' things became pretty interchangeable.

omnipanzer
January 30th 2013


21617 Comments


Haha, Singles was all grunge and Reality bites was mostly alt/pop-alt. Singles has that great The
Battle of Evermore cover by Heart or some version of Heart.

EDIT: The Lovemongers, god I need to get the 92' EP.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19913 Comments


Cheers Willie. I'll check the stream when i have the chance.

FadedSun
January 30th 2013


1283 Comments


"You say..."

Crawl
January 30th 2013


1628 Comments


the cover is like the worst thing ever.

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