User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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  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. 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!
  3. [Anonymous]
    Aug 27, 2004
    10
    Awesome stuff in a market of pathetic attempts at pop and folk. Truely inspiring and heartfelt.
  4. KentB
    Aug 25, 2004
    10
    The album is an homage to her recently demised relationship with Dweezil Zappa; it details the different emotions one goes through when a breakup occurs. I find the entire CD excellent.
  5. FelipeS
    Aug 19, 2004
    10
    Lisa is the best!!!Darker than her other stuff with great songwring BUY IT NOW!!!
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. 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.
  2. Is she blazing new trails? Naw. But this sounds exactly right.
  3. 70
    Full of life and energy. [Sep 2004, p.138]