The Way It Really Is

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The Way It Really Is
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Studio album by Lisa Loeb
Released August 10, 2004
Genre Folk
Label Zoë
Producer Lisa Loeb, Dave Bassett, Chad Fischer, John Shanks, Dweezil Zappa, Jimmy Harry
Lisa Loeb chronology
Catch the Moon
The Way It Really Is
The Very Best of Lisa Loeb
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B 8/13/2004
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

The Way It Really Is is an album by Lisa Loeb, released in 2004 by Zoë/Rounder.

The album title got its title from a previous song by Loeb, "The Way It Really Is".


Although the album was not as commercially successful as its predecessors, it was very well received by some critics who noted on the mature and strong writing by Loeb,[1] with Stephen Thomas Erlewine calling it "the best, most cohesive record she's made, a clean, crisp collection of well-crafted, gentle tunes that slowly, surely work into the subconscious."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Window Shopping" (Dave Bassett, Lisa Loeb) – 3:17
  2. "I Control the Sun" (Dave Bassett, Loeb) – 3:01
  3. "Hand-Me-Downs" (Stephanie Bentley, Loeb) – 3:42
  4. "Fools Like Me" (Loeb, Shelly Peiken, John Shanks) – 3:38
  5. "Try" (Loeb) – 4:13
  6. "Diamonds" (Loeb) – 3:04
  7. "Would You Wander" (Loeb, Maia Sharp) – 3:33
  8. "Probably" (Jimmy Harry, Loeb, Billy Steinberg) – 3:04
  9. "Accident" (Loeb) – 4:04
  10. "Lucky Me" (Loeb) – 2:29
  11. "Now I Understand" (Loeb, Dweezil Zappa) – 3:07
Bonus track on the Japanese edition
  1. "This Isn't Happening"



  1. ^ Weingarten, Marc. Entertainment Weekly; 8/13/2004 Issue 778, p88-89, 2p, 1c
  2. ^ Review Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Retrieved August 1, 2007.