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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for the California singer-songwriter was produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 8, 2013
    84
    With puffs of backing vocals and a shiny bursting guitar solo, all escaping emotions are artfully contained. Lissie sounds most comfortable in this mode, chugging meticulously forward.
  2. Back to Forever moves things into the 1980s--all fist-pumping verses and “Kids-in-America”-like big choruses.
  3. Oct 17, 2013
    80
    Lissie's strength is how she uses the past as foundation, not aspiration, and that's why Back to Forever is a lithe, unpredictable, and seductive collection of modern pop: it places equal emphasis on song and sound.
  4. Sep 4, 2013
    60
    There’s a consistent sense of déjà vu that accompanies every melody, a pleasant sense of cosy familiarity, but also a like-ability running throughout.
  5. Sep 4, 2013
    60
    On Back To Forever, the music fits better; here, Lissie has found the music to match her vocal gift. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.92]
  6. Sep 4, 2013
    60
    Happily her rugged individuality matches up to the grandstanding platform. [Oct 2013, p.71]
  7. Oct 25, 2013
    40
    It would seem as if she’s making music from a disengaged point of view.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 23, 2013
    9
    The album is really good. I enjoy listening it from the start to the end. It is full of meaning and Lissie knows how to send the message clearly Just have discovered Lissie and I really like her stuff. I recommend. Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2014
    8
    This album is much more cohesive as a body of work then 'catching a tiger'. Where CaT had moments of brilliance, it too had moments of boredom. She seems to have sorted this out on this album. Darker but more enjoyable. Expand