Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. On Tiger there's more than a whiff of tequila in the air-yellowy-green shots knocked back fast followed by hazy mornings filled with nagging regrets. This could perhaps be considered "folk" in some generous sense of the word, but let's not be afraid to call it what it really is: unbridled, unselfconscious, swirling, head-pounding pop.
  2. 80
    There's shades of both Stevie Nicks and Neko Case in Lissie's voice, a resplendent instrument that's both husky and mellow, attuned equally to the epic and the intimate. But Really the sound and songs here are a testament to her unaffected individuality. [Aug 2010, p.86]
  3. This debut only strengthens Lissie's potential to become one of folk music's newest sirens.
  4. Her magnetic debut album doesn't aim to break new ground, but her rustic, Stevie Nicks–ish voice unifies the myriad sounds that position her as both a radio-ready alt-country chick and a young, hip folkstress who pulls off online covers of Lady Gaga and Kid Cudi.
  5. Ultimately, her album represents an admirable stab at the mainstream by an indie artist who isn't afraid to dabble in the dark arts of classic songwriting, instrumental ability, and professional production.
  6. Lissie does not fully earn her an-artist-apart stripes with Catching a Tiger, but all the signs are here. Give the girl a second and she'll steal your heart; give her another album and she will, quite possibly, become untouchable.
  7. 70
    Equally comfortable with dance grooves ("When I'm Alone"), country-tinged laments ("Everywhere I Go"), and epic pop dramas ("Loosen the Knot"), Illinois-bred, California-based Elisabeth Maurus is a promising work in progress on this smoothly produced debut.
  8. Catching A Tiger has its moments of spontaneity, marking Lissie's talent for songwriting and blending genres, but also of calculated engineering, designed to make her into the Next Big Female Songwriting Sensation.
  9. Catching a Tiger (Fat Possum), her full-length debut, comes most alive with a handful of songs about reaching for someone who isn't there (e.g., "In Sleep," which evokes Fleetwood Mac) or evading someone who is (e.g., "Loosen the Knot," more of a power-pop surge).
  10. Catching a Tiger is pretty darn eclectic with the quality dial rarely dipping below "Danger High Voltage".
  11. 68
    Cohesion will come soon; she's got all the nuts and bolts.
  12. She's ripe to land a song in an Apple commercial and hit it big, but you can't fault her. The girl knows how to make you look.
  13. 60
    Her voice packs a punch, her songwriting is solid, and the album--while a little over-polished--is bursting with confidence. [Jul 2010, p.94]
  14. If there's one complaint, its that pop commercialism occasionally gets the better of her. [Aug 2010, p.123]0
  15. As a country-folk songwriter with a bit of rust and regret in her voice, she has her moments, but she's equally capable of the kind of drivetime blandness that endeared Sheryl Crow to America's AOR radio programmers.
  16. Lissie's voice is haunting as always, but the band doesn't match this tone, and as a result it no longer sounds like Lissie's song. Hopefully these missteps aren't enough to put people off, because Lissie is still a significant new voice.
  17. Lissie is certainly a phenomenal talent and one to watch, but it's disappointing that Catching a Tiger doesn't make a more lasting first impression.
  18. On the one hand, it's impressive how she can weave so many different touches into her music, but on the other, things can get a bit schizophrenic. Unfortunately, the common denominator is nondescript pop-rock that loses its ability to enchant with repeated listens.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    You can't help but fall in love with Lissie. Her look (natural beauty). Her feel (free spirit). That VOICE (so much power and soul)! Her songs (quite the collection and well-crafted). My only problem, and it's a big one... The album is over-produced, too much polish and shine. Her live performances top all of these tracks. It's still solid and highly recommended, especially in comparison to everything else out there. Full Review »
  2. May 29, 2011
    This album is really fantastic, every song on the album is amazing. She has an intense voice. She is clearly the revelation of 2010. The new face of folk. The next critically acclaimed artist. The lyrics are magnific and the bridge is so exciting, when it starts to heat up at the end ... orgasmic! Her voice is so perfect and beautiful! Full Review »