In what amounts to one of the most intriguing debuts in recent memory, Lisa Marie Presley finally bows on Capitol in a release that's sure to gain some attention via a high curiosity factor.

In what amounts to one of the most intriguing debuts in recent memory, Lisa Marie Presley finally bows on Capitol in a release that's sure to gain some attention via a high curiosity factor. But there is some searing depth to rock'n'roll's most famous princess, and she has some estimable chops both as singer and songwriter. Musically, this is sultry, surly mainstream rock with a cutting, contemporary edge. The touching biograph "Lights Out" is a real powerhouse, and "Gone" owns biting intelligence, while rock harmonies season the heartbreaking tribute to her father, "Nobody Noticed It," and the well-written "Sinking In." As a singer, Presley is alternatingly snarling, exposed, and defiant, and surprisingly effective, if somewhat buried in the mix at times. Lyrically, she's even better—raw, wounded, and often pissed off, though one wonders why, given a life of privilege. Even so, this project stands on its own and is far better than many might expect.—RW

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