Catching a Tiger

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Catching a Tiger
Studio album by Lissie
Released 21 June 2010
Recorded 2008–2009
Length 47:10 (Standard), 54:34 (iTunes edition)
Label Columbia
Producer Jacquire King, Bill Reynolds, Julian Emery, Ed Harcourt
Lissie chronology
Why You Runnin'
Catching a Tiger
Back to Forever
Singles from Catching A Tiger
  1. "In Sleep"
    Released: April 2010
  2. "When I'm Alone"
    Released: 21 June 2010
  3. "Cuckoo"
    Released: 30 August 2010
  4. "Everywhere I Go"
    Released: 10 December 2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC (positive)[3]
The Boston Phoenix 3/4 stars
Evening Standard 4/5 stars[4]
The Independent (positive)[5]
MusicOMH 3.5/5 stars[6]
News of the World 4/5 stars[7]
The Northern Echo (positive)[8]
Pitchfork Media (5.4/10)[9]
SPIN (7/10)[10]
Sunday Mercury (positive)[11]
Time Out 4/5 stars[12]

Catching a Tiger is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Lissie, released in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2010 on Columbia Records.[13] It was released in the United States on 17 August 2010 on Fat Possum Records.[14] The album has sold over 750,000 copies worldwide and has been certified Gold in the United Kingdom and Norway.[15]


  • "In Sleep" was released as the album's lead single in April 2010 and featured as iTunes single of the week in the UK.
  • "When I'm Alone" was released as the album's second single as part of the album on 21 June 2010. It is also featured in the 2014 movie Dumb & Dumber To.
  • "Cuckoo" is the third single, which also contains two other tracks, a cover of Lady Gaga's song "Bad Romance" and a b-side single called "It's Not Me". The single was released on 30 August 2010.

Critical reception[edit]

Catching a Tiger received generally favorable reviews. Paul Cole of the Sunday Mercury writes, "Lissie’s bluesy vocal prowls around a self-penned setlist like a caged tigress waiting to pounce on its keeper. Nothing prepares you for unashamed rock-out In Sleep, then Lissie abruptly changes direction for the ethereal Bully and Americana of Martha Wainwright-like Little Lovin’. Yet Stranger is 60s pop incarnate. A stunning debut album."[16]

In a very positive review, BBC writer Mike Diver writes "Lissie Maurus makes a man sick to his stomach. Not because she’s no good – rather the exact opposite. Catching a Tiger is a debut that dreams beyond typical new artist parameters. It is the work of a girl who looks, even with a fag hanging from her pale lips, like an alt-fashion model. But she sounds like one of the greatest female vocalists of a generation, arguably without even really trying."[17]

News of the World gave Catching a Tiger 4 out of 5 stars, writing: "WHATEVER she tries, Illinois girl Lissie sings sexily, and a corking tune is never far away in this debut album.... All 12 songs could be singles. Catching A Tiger? She's already a roaring lioness."[7]

Evening Standard writer Rick Pearson also gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and listed it as one of the albums of the week. In his review, Pearson raves that "Lissie's smoky tones [echo] Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks," describing the album as "brilliant."[18]

Sammy Richman of The Independent writes in a positive review that "(Lissie's) debut album is as refreshing a slice of pop as these jaded ears have heard in years, channeling Edie Brickell one moment, Stevie Nicks the next, and Bobbie Gentry at will."[19]

In a very positive review, Sophie Stratford of The Northern Echo praises Lissie for having "a voice which crackles with the influence of blues as much as it does with folk and a range and delivery that could put most rock singers to shame" before describing the album as "the perfect record for sunny days and driving on the highway with the wind in your hair."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Record Collector" Elisabeth Maurus, Craig Dodds 3:44
2. "When I'm Alone" Maurus, Jim Irvin, Julian Emery 3:41
3. "In Sleep" Maurus, Irvin, Emery 4:58
4. "Bully" Maurus, Bill Reynolds, Tyler Ramsey 3:44
5. "Little Lovin'" Maurus, Angelo Petraglia 4:29
6. "Stranger" Maurus, Reynolds, Robert Meek 3:08
7. "Loosen the Knot" Maurus, Irvin, Emery 3:30
8. "Cuckoo" Maurus, Irvin, Emery 3:37
9. "Everywhere I Go" Maurus, Curt Schneider 4:09
10. "Worried About" Maurus 4:26
11. "Look Away" Maurus 4:30
12. "Oh Mississippi" Maurus, Ed Harcourt 3:23
iTunes edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Needle Starts to Fall" Maurus, Seth Kauffman, Valorie Miller, William Reynolds 3:48
14. "This Much I Know" Maurus 3:37

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  27. ^ "British album certifications – Lissie – Catching a Tiger". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Catching a Tiger in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
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