Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 70
    Full of life and energy. [Sep 2004, p.138]
  3. Is she blazing new trails? Naw. But this sounds exactly right.
  4. Her writing is stronger than ever, and the material is curiously light on its feet. [13 Aug 2004, p.89]
  5. 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.
  6. Even the slowest stuff here is palatable. [19 Aug 2004, p.120]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. ZacharyL
    Sep 2, 2006
    10
    It is an absluotley incredible CD by the best artist ever!!!
  2. Tori
    Dec 20, 2004
    10
    One of the more brilliant and overlooked albums of the year, this is a sonic delight, with heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies. One of the more brilliant and overlooked albums of the year, this is a sonic delight, with heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies. Congratulations Lisa, you've proven yourself to be a musician worthy of respect. "The Way It Really Is" is a MUST HAVE CD. Get it today! Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Aug 27, 2004
    10
    Awesome stuff in a market of pathetic attempts at pop and folk. Truely inspiring and heartfelt.