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"I Love Everybody," is a return to Lovett's early Texas-cowboy-poet style. In fact, it's a return to those earlier songs. While all 18 tracks on the album are previously unreleased, most of them date from the 1980s when he was writing far more high-quality material than anyone was interested in recording. This is sure to please his longtime fans, who believe Lovett has never written a better song than the early efforts "If I Had a Boat" and "God Will." Lovett has raided his attic trunk and has found a surprising number of lost treasures.
One of those gems, "Skinny Legs," kicks things off with a confession of jealousy. If he only had skinny legs, a new Toyota and a cute rear end, the singer laments, he'd have a girlfriend like that boy over there. Lovett's dry, deadpan drawl falls on the bouncy, catchy melody with enchanting ease, and he refuses to use a single word more than he needs.
The lightly swinging arrangements are as simple as the songs; Lovett and his acoustic guitar are backed by John Leftwich on stand-up bass and either Kenny Aronoff or Russ Kunkel on drums. Cellist John Hagen is added to five cuts, fiddler Mark O'Connor to six, the Tower of Power Horns to one, a gospel quartet to three, and a choir featuring Rickie Lee Jones and Julia Roberts to two others. At least half a dozen songs are slight one-liners which didn't deserve revival, and they dilute the album's impact. Nonetheless this is a welcome reward for all those who believe the funny Lyle Lovett is the best Lyle Lovett. --Geoffrey Himes
|1. Skinny Legs|
|2. Fat Babies|
|3. I Think You Know What I Mean|
|4. Hello Grandma|
|5. Creeps Like Me|
|7. They Don't Like Me|
|8. Record Lady|
|9. Ain't It Somethin'|
|11. The Fat Girl|
|12. La To The Left|
|13. Old Friend|
|14. Just The Morning|
|15. Moon On My Shoulder|
|16. I've Got The Blues|
|17. Good-Bye To Carolina|
|18. I Love Everybody|
Lyle Lovett was a heckuva talent. This tall stringy guy who somehow could be married to Julia Roberts had a gift of a voice and Texas Twang. Read morePublished 1 month ago by By CJs Pirate
I listen to this a lot, so I guess I do love it. And Lyle too.
Great voice, great tunes, great recording.
Lyle Lovett probably never thought he would ever be described as "sublime". But there it is. This album has some songs that aren't his best. Lyrically. Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by Doug
This would have to be my least favorite offering from Lyle. It's still good, but probably the only one that has songs I don't know by heart.Published on May 7, 2008 by mouse
Lyle Lovett is one of my favorite performers of all time and I honestly believe it is not possible for there to be a bad Lovett CD. Read morePublished on October 19, 2007 by R. Kyle
This album served as my first substantial introduction to Lyle Lovett's work, and a single listen transformed me into an avid fan. Read morePublished on August 31, 2007 by The Ineffable Pangolin
Lyle Lovettt began his recording career with three astonishing, poignant, funny, eerie, poetic crossover cds. Read morePublished on March 27, 2007 by tierny