It's kind of hard to write about Elisa Grace without mentioning the fact that she's... um, gorgeous. That said, touring in support of her self-titled, debut release, I can't wait to see her this Saturday (January 21, 2012) at Subterranean to see if her unique melding of rock and pop with a touch of country holds up as well live as it does on record.
The Oak Park native has put together a batch of ten songs that rocks a bit (Grace plays guitar and piano and sings), swings a bit (Marty Rifkin on pedal steel) but above all maintains a sugary sweet production courtesy of Grammy nominated producer Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M., Ryan Adams, etc.) that, while strong at times, is ultimately rewarding as opposed to overly saccharine.
"Took My Breath Away," with its steady pace, guitars heavy in the mix and vocals at the forefront, is a great example of one of the album's more pop leaning tracks... and this isn't a bad thing. "Pop" has come to develop such a negative connotation in today's music world... But if every "pop" album featured violin, dobro and pedal steel, the world would be a better place.
"Sweet Memories" is amongst the album's best and it's certainly a great example of Grace's country influences. The pedal steel makes the song but again, make no mistake, this song has a hook: "I've learned living in the past won't set me free / I'll always cherish our memories."
Grace certainly has the look of a pop star (see above) but her debut album definitely indicates there's more beyond the surface. The world needs pop stars with chops so I can't wait to see how Grace sounds Friday night at Subterranean. Be sure to get there on time (if not early) as Elisa Grace opens the show at 8:30PM for Ty Stone and Vintage Blue.
Elisa Grace (Opening Act)
Appearing With: Ty Stone and Vintage Blue
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Doors Open at 8:00PM
Show Starts at 8:30PM (Don't Be Late!)