The experience may not rival that of a Disney princess being dressed every morning by fluttery cartoon animals, says Lisa Marie Presley. But residing in the English countryside in a little thatched-roof cottage she purchased two years ago comes pretty "Snow White" close.
"It is so much like a fairy tale that it blows your mind," says the singer, 44, who wound up relaunching her career from Britain with the folksy new T Bone Burnett-produced comeback "Storm & Grace."
Lisa Marie Presley dabbled in mainstream pop on 2005 album "Now What," but she has returned with a roots-rock sound more akin to Cowboy Junkies than Christina Aguilera.
"It seems more natural," Presley said during a phone interview. "I'm not over-doing things or over-singing to try to prove something. I'm simply following a melody."
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If you're going to listen to Lisa Marie Presley, the first thing you need to realize is that while she might be the daughter of the king of rock 'n' roll, she is not the same person. Times are different, and it would be unfair and downright silly to hold her to the same standards of her father. She'll always be regarded as a sort of princess, but she's not going to change the face of the music industry; on the other hand, it's hard to say if there's room for any artist to do that again.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the musical storm that singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley brought to the intimate club setting of Slim's in San Francisco while on her promotional mini-tour for her new album "Storm & Grace". My first observation was the mixed crowd that Lisa draws. It was an eclectic mix of people there to hear good music, some to gawk, some LMP fans decked out in "pirate" gear and other randoms who are always drawn by the Presley name with their preconceived notions and personal expectations.
CHICAGO, IL - Singer Lisa Marie Presley throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago White Sox take on the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on June 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Lisa Marie Presley has lived under the guise of a big top since the time she was born.
Her new album, "Storm & Grace," picks up stakes and removes the tent.
For her first album in five years, Presley sings with a sense of rural vulnerability not heard on her two previous recordings. "Storm & Grace" (Universal Republic/XIX Entertainment) was produced by Americana music go-to guy T Bone Burnett.