The holiday time brings cheer for most, but when spent away from family or friends, one may become forlorn. Laura Jean Anderson’s recent EP should alleviate the pain, not only for anyone in such a position this December, but for all who have felt self-doubt at any point in their lives. She recorded a series of intimate studio videos where she performs the songs from the release, and today she debuts final one, which showcases the title track; watch “Lonesome No More” below. Grab tickets to her performance tomorrow night at the Bootleg here.
Although it is not always right, it is difficult not to compare the tracks and when it comes down to it, I prefer this live version. On the EP, the song acts as a capable introduction. It is quiet, making room for Anderson’s unmistakable voice as she claims to no longer suffer alone. The new version has an inexplicable punch, while maintaining the delicacy of the recording.
Listening closely, the lyrics show the cracks in our protagonist’s exterior. She tries to put on a brave face but ultimately, she doesn’t quite have the strength she claims. “I’ve gotta know if you hear what I’m saying,” she says with anticipation, pleading, “Please don’t go!” But there is no harm in her emotional transparency. The rest of the Lonesome No More EP builds on the attitude of this track and is a beautiful ode to humanity.