Liza Anne's debut album for Arts & Crafts is a fearless and biting exploration of her own psyche and the demons that live within it. Recorded at La Frette studios in Paris (Feist, Nick Cave) and produced by Zachary Dyke, Fine But Dying sees Liza treading new sonic territories inhabited by unforgettable pop hooks and gritty, distorted guitar licks. Lead single "Paranoia," is a driving vignette about her panic anxiety disorder, which NPR Music called "bold in both sound and subject" and which Billboard praised for its "distorted guitar chords matching the intensity of her emotions."
Fine But Dying is easily Liza's most confessional work to date - a portrait of a woman coming to terms with heartbreak, mental illness, and the changing tides of adulthood. It's also an album of dualities, one that reveals an artist who is tough and vulnerable all at once. "This is my woman at her wildest self album," says Liza, and the songs on Fine But Dying cement that.
Liza's crystalline voice is alternately beguiling and jarring as she sets her distress to music on "Panic Attack," sends up the hollow phoniness of southern hospitality on "Small Talks," and sneers and snarls her way through the third-wave feminist anthem of "Kid Gloves." Standout track "Closest To Me" is the sister song to "Paranoia," a stirring, reverb-soaked track that shows Liza reflecting inward towards her flaws.