Reviewed by: Geno Thackara
Even if the title Estranged suggests something disconnected or inaccessible, in reality Lisa Said sounds anything but. Her style is nothing if not comfortable. The EP’s title comes from her lyrical themes, which revolve here around problematic relationships and the like, but they’re all spun into a helping of easy-coasting summer rock that goes down smooth as a cold beer.
Said may not have had much luck with the guys she sings about, but sees no need to mope or dwell on it. She sounds too busy shaking off the dust and getting back on the horse. The mix of ingredients is classic: acoustic strumming with electric slide, an alluring smoky voice, and a rhythm section that can stay steady as long as it takes. There are faint hints of the Southern part of her background (mainly some lively mandolin on the closing “Up Not Down”), though even rockers who hate country will have no problem here.