"I always hurt the closest ones to me" sings Liza Anne halfway through Fine But Dying. Lyrics take center stage on the Nashville-based rock singer-songwriter's latest effort.
Along with a no-holds-barred attitude, Fine But Dying exposes Liza Anne in all of her glory. "Paranoia" and "Panic Attack" don't shy away from the unvarnished truth; Liza Anne wants her words to resonate. Both are equally striking, the slow burner "Panic Attack" with a close capable of one producing chills and the pop-rock, hook heavy "Paranoia" breaking into an all-out distortion of a beast — all while dealing with equally heavy subject matter.
"Small Talks" channels New Order's "Age of Consent," topped off with charging guitars and explosive drums, while "Closer to Me" holds on to her folk-tinged sophomore release Two and modern love rocker "I Love You But I Need Another Year" provides refuge with an unforgettable pop hook.
Album closer, "I'm Tired, You're Lonely" is bare, raw, honest, unflinching. No longer obscured, the emotionally-charged ballad allows light to shine in, shedding warmth on visceral emotion.
Fine But Dying manages to entrance the listener, easily delving into passionate vehemence, coming to grips with the experience of mental illness, wrestling with romantic mania, and thorny situations and emotions one would go to great lengths to avoid. Liza Anne offers up a self-medicating record, not only to showcase some of her own struggles, but to put them out in the open, for you to grapple with your own. (Arts & Crafts)