Listening to Liz Longley is like diving into a vivid dream, moody and somehow both familiar and strange. Longley is exceptionally good at describing feelings and situations in new ways that only enhance our understanding. 2016’s Weightless luxuriates in bold, thick pop with rock-and-roll edges. Crunchy, percussive guitars cushion the defiant songbird melodies Longley uses to deliver her bittersweet punches that explore the complexities and even dysfunction of relationships rather than the fairytale.
“What’s the Matter ” saunters into dicey relationship questions with confidence, crackling with electric guitar and vocals that are somehow angelic and menacing at the same time. Rolling “Say Anything” delights in following a chosen path, no matter what detractors say, while “Electricity” explores love’s invigorating and maddening buzz.
That winning transformation of the personal into the universal plays brilliantly on Weightless, the highly anticipated follow-up to Longley’s eponymous 2015 debut, which garnered praise from American Songwriter, Huffington Post, CMT Edge, and more.
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