Lisa Germano | Review

Philadelphia Enquirer | Steve Klinge

a series of brief and often beautiful adult lullabies

July 24. '06

In the Maybe World
Young God

Once, Lisa Germano fiddled in John Mellencamp's band and dabbled with amusing, catchy songs such as "You Make Me Want To Wear Dresses" for her solo albums. But after flirting with the mainstream, the talented singer-songwriter/multi-instru-mentalist turned deeply inward, writing disquieting, intimate ballads about dangerous obsessions such as drugs and alcohol (2003's Lullaby for Liquid Pig) and love (1996's Excerpts from a Love Circus).

In the Maybe World follows suit as it explores loss and death in a series of brief and often beautiful adult lullabies - or soundtracks to nightmares - sprinkled with allusions to fairy tales (the mirror, mirror in "Red Thread") and nursery rhymes ("Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" in "Golden Cities"). Whether accompanying herself on hesitant piano, ghostly guitar or eerie violin, Germano sings in a fragile but unflinching whisper that makes In the Maybe World as spellbinding as it is unsettling.