Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Fri., June 9, 2006
The Very Best of Lisa Loeb (Geffen)
The "Lisa Loeb Is Single and Looking" juggernaut continues with The Very Best of Lisa Loeb. And truly, this should be a single, the Dallas native's crowning achievement to date being the 1994 hit "Stay." This collection, on the heels of #1 Single, a reality show about Loeb's search for love and baby batter in the Big Apple, sets the women's movement back 20 years. Apparently, Loeb believes women over 30 have a better chance of being snatched by terrorists than getting married if the primary concern of her oeuvre, as presented here, is to be believed. Nearly every song falls in or out of love, the exception being "Furious Rose," the story of a supposedly hysterical patient of Sigmund Freud, which features lovely string embellishments that add depth to Loeb's narrative rehabilitation of a woman designated as crazy by the patriarchy. If Loeb, a Brown graduate, is such a brainiac, why doesn't she just get over herself and write about more important things than finding a date?