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Identity Crisis

Shelby LynneAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Shelby Lynne was destined to be a singer. Born a singer. She was raised in rural Alabama by musical parents who stressed individuality and the importance of standing apart from others. A terrible student, but avid reader, she loved the written lyric and a beautiful melody. Around the house she was surrounded by country music from the past, Hank Williams, Dottie West, Waylon Jennings, as well ... Read more in Amazon's Shelby Lynne Store

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  • Audio CD (January 10, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 10, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0000C0FF8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Shelby Lynne wrote, sang, produced, and played all the guitar parts on her mellow, moody, and sonically stripped-down eighth album, Identity Crisis. Surely the title ironically refers to Lynne's eclectic career itself rather than this slow-burning, excellent album, with its lyrics so personal and honest, one feels like a voyeur at times. Identity sounds like a living room session; the demos made for the big album before the hot-shot producer came in and ruined everything. Lynne's voice is as relaxed, assured, and richly emotive as ever, buoyed by acoustic bass and guitars, electric piano, and minimal percussion. Notable deviations from the candlelit vibe include the mid-tempo rocker "Gotta Be Better" (which sounds like PJ Harvey jamming with X), the gospel chorus that peaks through on "10 Rocks" (the record's sole hokey tune), and of course "Lonesome" (a gorgeous old school Nashville-sheen tune that expertly evokes Patsy and Kitty with multi-tracked vocals and sweeping strings). The story goes that a lengthy phone conversation with Willie Nelson led to the lovely, uplifting last tune, "One With The Sun." Which is cool, because if this album is reminiscent of anybody, it's Nelson ca. Red Headed Stranger --Mike McGonigal

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Form November 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is a huge relief. After her last record 'Love, Shelby'(following on the heels of her Grammy-winning 'I Am Shelby Lynne'), we thought we had lost her. She certainly had lost us. Everything about that cd was wrong, from her sex-kitten poses on the covers (well, maybe not that wrong), to the mediocre material, to the strident and overbearing production by 'hit-maker' Glen Ballard, who mistook Shelby for Alanis. Now with a new record company (which, along with the insinuating title of the current cd, leads us to believe that her last effort was not all her doing) and with herself at the creative controls, Lynne has made a very successful return to form. The songs, all written by Lynne, are tuneful and personal. Her honey and grits vocals are mixed up-front, so she feels like she's in the room. Her versatility is demonstrated with bits of rock, country, blues, gospel and, of course, those heart-tugging ballads. Confoundingly, with her 'Identity Crisis', Shelby Lynne seems to have hit her stride. If so, her future bodes even better.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shelby returns to her strengths September 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Thank heaven this album is more "I Am Shelby Lynn" than "Love, Shelby".
Working with Glenn Ballard (Alannis's producer) was such a crucial miscalculation - and probably took a lot of steam out of what was a career height in the wake of Shelby's Grammy winning "I Am.." project. Here, Shelby returns to her strengths - serious Memphis-style soul, country ballads that ache and uplift, and instrumentation that accompanies, rather than drowns out that gorgeous voice.
You can't help but clap along with "10 Rocks", the best song on this disc - it's a Shelby written original (all of this disc was written and produced by Shelby), a gospel tinges blues number that features some awesome piano playing by Billy Payne of Little Feet. "Lonesome" is the closest thing you will get nowadays to the kind of music Patsy Cline used to perform (take a hint, Leanne Rimes). And the hushed sounds of two beautiful songs "If I Were Smart" and "I Don't Think So" are strong statements on the power and emotion that Shelby pours into her vocals.
It's great to have this wonderful singer back doing the kind of music that fits her voice - and it is clear that the "Identity Crisis" that her last album represented has been resolved favorably.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call me Ms. Lynne December 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first time I saw Shelby Lynne she was on some award show with Sheryl Crow several years ago. She was out singing her and sexier and trashier and all that. She was kicking [...] and Crow was like she always was, pretty flat singing but technically great of course and rather dull. Back then Shelby was more Gretchen Wilson than Gretchen Wilson is now. Then I went out and bought that album with Shelby on the front in cutoffs and all tanned and blonde. Love, Shelby. Yes, sir. The cover was a lot better than the music, I thought.
Then awhile back I saw this woman on television. The Directv screen said it was Shelby Lynn. No, it wasn't. Shelby Lynne was that singer who looks like the most attractive single mother in that bar across the street from the Chrysler Plant, cigarette in hand, and she bends over a pool table.
The woman Directv said was Shelby Lynne looked like an androgynous Bell Hop in a fancy New York hotel. That couldn't be Shelby!
There was no tan on this woman. Her hair was white, not blonde. What a transition! But then I bought Identity Crisis. What an album! It blew that cheap-o album produced by Mr. Morrisette,( what's his name?) out of the water.
Shelby's transition was probably less a fear of skin cancer than the types of crowds she was drawing. (Hey, boys! Shelby's up there! Got some chew?)
This album brings Ms. Lynne to the place she should be. Bluesy, and country. Shades of Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline and even a little Buddy Guy.
Shelby's identity crisis is our musical windfall. This is a textured, brilliantly understated album that shows just how talented Shelby is. She goes back to her roots or maybe just discovers her roots. 6 stars. (But does she really say Flo for floor?)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a GOOD album this is.... March 6, 2005
By Nicman
Format:Audio CD
Wow, what a nice surprise. It's the Shelby Lynne album I been waiting for. This album rocks, swoons, gets down like your'e in church, and then some....

Shelby does what she pleases n this album, and it shows. She sounds comfortable with each song, and sounds like she's having fun singing them. A nice stripped down acoustic approach suits these songs perfectly. I fell in love with the coo of her voice a long time ago, and it's all over this album. She hasn't sounded bettter, vocally as she does here. "One with the Sun" has to be the most beautiful track on here. And "Gotta get better" rocks like nothing else I've heard her do. The churning strumming takes you in right away and really rocks. Amazingly there is little percussion on this album and it seems to work just fine. The introspection of "If I were smart" here she examines a situation of the heart, shows a she can still turn a phrase to get her point across.

Now I'm sorry but I don't understand the review calling "10 Rocks" hokey. It's a great song. Why can't Shelby Lynne do a gospel shuffle? Lyle Lovett can and no one says anything. In any event she shows that she has the ability to pull it off.

This album shows the many facets of an amazing artist. An eclectic collection of songs make up a strong, cohesive work. Her talents shine here. The best part is that she produced and played the guitar parts herself. It was as if, to make a really good Shelby Lynne record, she had to do it herself. Good for her! It worked!

(Personally I'd like to hear her re-do "Love Shelby" to sound as pure as this record does. There were some really great songs on that album that could use a personal touch.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine CD
I'd rate it higher but I discovered I already had this CD. Duh. Still, anything by Shelby Lynne is quite excellent.
Published 13 months ago by Chef Laura Gardener in Seattle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Shelby
I have all of her albums and all a great to listen to. Songs are always good and well produced.
Published 13 months ago by jay r. leininger
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius At Work
This album displays genius and versatility from the always surprising Shelby Lynne.
Shelby wrote and produced these 12 tracks, and all have her own, new and original... Read more
Published 17 months ago by majormusiclover
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Shelby Lynne is really talented! This is my first CD of hers. I heard a sultry song of hers on True Blood and I had to find out who was singing it. Read more
Published on July 24, 2010 by SandyST
5.0 out of 5 stars Shelby is an absolute treasure.......
....and this MAY be the best thing she's ever done. May...I said the same about "Temptation". "Identity Crisis", indeed... Read more
Published on September 14, 2008 by Robert C. Hufford
4.0 out of 5 stars Variety and Excellence
The first four superb cuts of Identity Crisis fairly showcase the musical breadth of what Shelby Lynne is about here. Telephone is a rueful bluesy swagger. Read more
Published on August 31, 2008 by James Carragher
4.0 out of 5 stars Comes across as anything but an identity crisis
Identity Crisis comes across as anything but an identity crisis, instead finding Shelby Lynne in top form, focused, and sounding great. OK, maybe the crisis here is that Ms. Read more
Published on December 20, 2006 by loce_the_wizard
4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure-Trove
"Identity Crisis" is a good set from Shelby Lynne. The diversity of musical approaches makes the title appropriate. Read more
Published on April 29, 2005 by Lee Armstrong
3.0 out of 5 stars sounds like...
One night on PBS I heard a girl named michelle shocked doing a country blues set and went out and bought it, at a time when buying a CD meant something, only buying the ones that I... Read more
Published on February 10, 2005 by kk
4.0 out of 5 stars The title describes the content, but stick with it
Shelby's bad to the bone with the blues on "Evil Man." Her gospel number, "10 Rocks" gets a 10 from me. "Gonna Be Better" reminds me of 60's rock. Read more
Published on December 16, 2004 by R. Kyle
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