One of my favorite musical artists is Lisa Marie Presley. I know it must seem like a random choice but I am so drawn to her lyrics. The way she writes is so clever and poetic and I just adore her work. Her voice isn’t the best, but she’s had a lot of pressure to live up to her father, and for that I cannot judge her vocals but instead applaud her bravery to branch out into her own artistry.
Her debut album, 2003’s “To Whom It May Concern” was when I first became enchanted by her. Admittedly I only knew about her what most of the public did. The daughter of Elvis, the horrific marriage to the pedophile Michael Jackson, the Nicolas Cage marriage, and etc.
She always seemed to have a lot of pain in her eyes and sadness. So it was lovely to see her express herself on this album. It’s truly one of my favorites.
Disclaimer: I DO NOT approve of the profanity that she uses, it takes away from the excellence but I have to overlook it when I listen to it. Not every song contains it but she could have gotten her point across without using the vulgarity.
“Lights Out” – The album’s first single. It’s a very autobiographical story of her childhood in Memphis and the effect her father’s death had on her. Set to an upbeat pop/rock track it was a minor hit on the charts. “Someone turned the lights out there in Memphis, that’s where my family is buried and gone.” But a great debut single for her.
“Nobody Noticed It” – another very personal tale about her father. You can tell that even though she was a young girl when Elvis passed, that she still has such affection for him. It’s lovely to hear. Very touching.
“Sinking In” – the album’s second single. I enjoy the rock feel of it and it’s great to sing along to. I feel like she is releasing some anger in this one.
“So Lovely” – a song dedicated to her two children at the time, this was before the birth of her twins a few years later. A very nice, laid back groove. Lisa Marie shows off a softer side here.
“To Whom It May Concern” – I’ve heard this song is about the increase of prescription drugs prescribed to children such as Ritalin and Adderall. I’m not sure if I agree with her sentiment but I enjoy the song. (This was probably a song very influenced by her Scientology, which I will NOT get into here ha ha)
“Excuse Me” – the album’s hidden closing track. It’s very simple with her and a guitar in the intro. “It’s finally winter and I’m so happy, I do well in the cold” it’s so artistic. This is a song where she’s basically apologizing for breaking up her family at an earlier age. Maybe before she became involved with MJ.
I hope you all can discover this hidden treasure of an album. It makes me appreciate art and the power of words.