Lisa Marie Presley is in a bit of a no-win situation when it comes to her decade-long career as a solo artist. The daughter of Elvis Presley, when she’s good she’s held up to her father for comparison — and when she’s not so good, she gets chalked up as yet another celebrity spawn riding the fame of the family name. However, Presley the Younger may have fully come into her own. With her latest album, Storm & Grace, Presley was wise enough to drop the Avril Lavigne-inflected pop-rock sound of her first two albums and enlist the help of superstar folk-rock producer T-Bone Burnett. Burnett, who helped craft the sounds of such luminaries as Gillian Welch and k.d. lang, brought with him a grassroots Southern Gothic sound that perfectly compliments Presley’s Tennessee roots. The resulting album is a raw, powerful mix of country, blues, and folk, showcasing a lyrical verve that led Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine to praise Presley for her “unique, refreshingly blunt point of view… her vulnerability as a songwriter and her willingness to engage with lifelong celebrity and a complicated public image in frank detail.”
Check out the video for the quietly menacing first single from Storm & Grace, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” along with clips of “Over Me” and “Storm & Grace.” What do you think — will Lisa Marie ever be able to step out from the shadow of Elvis?