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My Baby Don't Tolerate

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14 songs

Maybe it was that thigh-splitting encounter with a belligerent bull, but whatever put him there, Lyle Lovett is in a nostalgic mood on My Baby Don’t Tolerate, his first studio album of all new and original songs since the country-minded The Road to Ensenada in 1996. This is a mixed blessing--several songs sound like retreads from Lovett’s earlier efforts, even as a listener welcomes the reprised syncopated, hep cat, Louis Jordan-meets-Sister Rosetta Tharpe signatures that help define his quirky style. While a key tune, "In My Own Mind," turns around a family man who seeks solace from a busy household, drawing restorative power from nature ("no rain, just the sunshine"), the album finds itself when Lovett begins revisiting dark places in his mind. Forget "Cute as a Bug," a by-now formulaic song of hottie lust, and get right to the bleak antagonist who narrates the confused loss of the elegantly jazzy "You Were Always There," the snaky blues of the title song, the pointy-toed send-up of bygone Music City hillbillies ("Nashville"), and the sly portrayal of the bribes of luckless blacks ("Election Day") in the old-time South. As the infectious, if repetitious gospel numbers prove, the man with "Eraserhead" hair isn’t breaking any new ground. But he still fuses country, blues, jazz, folk, big band, and pop like no one else on the planet. --Alanna Nash

1. Cute As A Bug
2. My Baby Don't Tolerate
3. The Truck Song
4. In My Own Mind
5. Nothing But A Good Ride
6. Big Dog
7. You Were Always There
8. Wallisville Road
9. Working Too Hard
10. San Antonio Girl
11. Nashville
12. Election Day
13. I'm Going To Wait
14. I'm Going To the Place

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B0000C69UU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Seattle Steve on October 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Lyle's first release of original new material in years was a hit with me. I was expecting the Large Band but only bass player Viktor Krauss joined Lyle on the CD. However, having said that, Lyle chose a venerable who's who of fantastic long time studio musicians like Russ Kunkel (drums) and Dean Parks (electric guitar). And especially nice is the reappearance of Kentucky mandolin player Sam Bush, who has been absent from Lovett's last couple of Large Band tours. All in all, the musicians are excellent and the tunes are tight. I do miss the distinctive vocal harmonies of the Large Band back up singers, particularly Francine Reed and Sweet Pea Atkinson. Also notable by his absence is cello player John Hagan, who adds such a distinctive quality to the Large Band. But still, this cd is a celebration of new Lyle Lovett music, and the cd does not disappoint. His first effort on the Lone Star Music label, Lovett begins the cd with a poppy "Cute as a Bug" which will have you tapping your feet and singing along a minute into it. Lyle also presents two new versions of his latest recordings, "Truck Song" and "San Antonio Girl" and they sound great - not neccessarily better or worse than the original, but different. The middle tracks of the cd are all solid from the title track "My Baby Don't Tolerate" to "Working Too Hard." Lovett closes the cd with two vocally powerful Christian tunes, "I'm Gonna Wait" and "I'm Going to the Place," both of which features a sweet choir in the background. Lyle wrote all the material with the exception of one song, "Election Day," so if you are a big fan of Lyle's sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always clever lyrical style, you will enjoy this cd.Read more ›
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Villeneuve on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As a huge LL fan, I must say I was disappointed in this release. Maybe it was the wait, maybe it's the slower pace of most of the songs. Whatever it is, it's just not LL at his best. Many songs are repetitive - have you heard "Cute as a Bug"? I can't honestly see myself reaching for this CD over "Ensanada" or "Large Band" perhaps ever.
With all of that being said, he's still Lyle Lovett! The voice is as good as ever and the variety of music and moods will probably give you a few songs you'll like.
-If you're new to Lyle start elsewhere (my vote would be Ensanada).
-If you're a big fan you'll probably get this anyway.
-If you're a casual fan, I wouldn't say "don't" get this, but if you're eyeing a few more CDs and you're on a budget - this one can wait.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Carragher on January 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't be missing more than one of Lyle's CDs from my collection, but I think I will give My Baby Don't Tolerate a miss and simply download to my computer -- legally of course! -- the half dozen or so favored songs from it. His live performances seem to my ears to be better than ever (especially his voice, the full breadth of which projects much better live than on disc), but My Baby Don't Tolerate has a real heard-this-before quality in too many places. Cute as a Bug is a prime example; unappealing in so many ways, story, lyric, same old same old arrangements, it is the worst opening cut I can remember from any of his CDs. My Baby Don't Tolerate comes next and offers little improvement. Its roots go all the way back to She's No Lady on Pontiac and other better variants can be found on Road to Ensenada (Her First Mistake) and I Love Everybody (Record Lady).

But since Lyle is Lyle, there are plenty of gems here too. The best include two road and roaming songs, The Truck Song and Nothing But a Good Ride. He has few peers as a writer of love songs and worn-down-love songs and proves it again with In My Own Mind, Working Too Hard, and San Antonio Girl. On Saturday Night is a funny dig at Nashville and the CD ends magnificently with two gospel rousers, I'm Going to Wait and I'm Going to the Place.

Wait, just realized I listed 8 songs -- out of 14 -- as terrific. What does that mean? For most anybody else that constitutes a great CD. But for just shows how high a bar he's set for himself. Fine as My Baby Don't Tolerate is by others' standards, we expect still better from him, don't we?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on September 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Lyle Lovett breaks no new ground with "My Baby Don't Tolerate" - which is fine with me. Because no one blends blues, country, jazz, rock and gospel - and makes it sound so right as Mr. Lovett.
For his first album of originals since 1996, Lyle sticks with what he knows best - well played strings, snarkily twisted lyrics, and softly crooned vocals. It's everything you love about Lyle - which is why it is such a pleasure to hear him again.
The title track is all southern style blues, with a great vocal and wonderful piano and guitar accompaniment. "You Were Always There" makes some great use of Lyle's jazz leaning, and is probably the closest thing to Lyle straying outside of his traditional box on this disc. The double gospel hit which ends this disc ("I'm Going To Wait", "I'm Going To The Place") are some of the liveliest vocal stylings since "Church", and once again, Sweet Pea Atkinson and Francine Reed contribute exceptional backgrounds. And you're going to love Lyle's dips into Texas swing ("The Truck Song", "San Antonio Girl"), a style that nobody in music at present plays better than Lyle.
It's been a long 8 years without fresh material from this one-of-a-kind artist (okay, maybe 2 of a kind - Rickie Lee Jones is his musical twin). Glad to have him beck recording new material, and can't wait to see him live again - Lyle's shows are also among the best in music.
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