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Lisa Coppola - Wisdom from the Pain

Wisdom from the Pain

Lisa Coppola

Any Other Name Records AON91808

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

This is perfect radio fare—and I don't mean that as much of a compliment. Coppola has all the tricks down and the sort of quasi-babydoll voice a lot of guys go for, but each song here is stamp-pressed from some corporate exec's idea of what constitutes hot music, cliché from start to finish. Too bad, because Temporary Heartache shows she could be a good, gritty, hard-blues diva. Toss Barry Levenson behind her on guitar, and we'd be talking business here. There's a slink and smolder to Coppola that turns into fire on the refrain, and, with a screaming lead to goad her into the shouter stratosphere, well, heads would turn and ears open up. Like Gayle MacCormick (Smith), Coppola has a twang, capitalized the wrong way on Wisdom, but also a gutfelt vivacity that outstrips the formulaicness of the lion's share of the disc. Yeah, she pulled in John Waite to co-write, but so what? He managed a few magnificent songs for a few minutes but crashed and burned like a badly built jetliner—that's an example to emulate or consult? Though Lisa Coppola may well eventually score a hit on The Chartbound ChooChoo, it won't be art until she lets it rip with some chromatic blues and a torch song or two under her belt.

Track List:

  • When You Were Mine (Krizan / Waite)
  • Temporary Heartache (Krizan / Kelly)
  • Your Love is Like a Rodeo (Krizan / Waite / Sutton)
  • Wisdom from the Pain (Coppola / Conklin / Krizan)
  • Make This Moment (To Love Again) (Krizan / Owens-Krizan)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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