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  • Summary: The bespectacled singer-songwriter and Food Network hostess returns with a slightly darker effort, confusingly titled after a song that appeared on her previous album but is not included here.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Shows a sure production sense to match the ever-perceptive singer/songwriter's observations on life and love.
  2. Is she blazing new trails? Naw. But this sounds exactly right.
  3. Her writing is stronger than ever, and the material is curiously light on its feet. [13 Aug 2004, p.89]
  4. On The Way It Really Is, it sounds like she is out to please longtime fans and win new converts. The former will probably be delighted, but those who've not been fans of Lisa in the past probably won't be swayed by the evidence on this CD.
  5. 70
    Full of life and energy. [Sep 2004, p.138]
  6. Even the slowest stuff here is palatable. [19 Aug 2004, p.120]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5