Lisa Marie Presley - Storm and Grace
She could, of course, re-invent the way the music business now operates and end up selling 30 million copies of this, her third album, and donate the profits to the Taliban. And she'd still be famous for something else entirely. Life through a lens? Lisa Marie Presley must shake her head at Kate and Wills. Girl, you got it easy, she'd say. Daughter of the most popular entertainer in history, she went on to marry the only other serious contender for the title. Hey! Don't pap me! Pur-lease... Still, credit for not only keeping it (largely) together but for pursuing a path and vision most commentators would never have expected back when a Presley (any, living or dead) on the front cover was a good news day.
Storm and Grace peddles sharp songwriting and clued-up collaboration. It's classical, 'hard' Americana and the trad instrumentation and arrangements cushion the singer's deep and uncompromising tones. Mature, stark and tastefully constructed, it suffers a little from its steady hand. It would benefit from the dynamic range the odd change in pace, tone, volume would have provided. You sense that husband and MD Michael Lockwood is still allowing his charge to gradually work out who she is and what she wants to say and in that sense, it's more of a respectable effort rather than an essential addition to the alt.folk canon.