This CD is a collection of songs by Dusty Springfield that were close to Shelby's heart. She had wanted to do this record for a long time and she realizes the fruition with this 10 song set. Standouts include 'Anyone Who Had A Heart', 'The Book of Love', and 'Breakfast in Bed'. Universal/Lost Highway. 2008.
It's a risky move for any singer to attempt a direct ascent on the towering peaks of Dusty Springfield's evergreen legacy. (Rolling Stone once called Dusty in Memphis
the third most "essential" rock album by a woman.) Just a Little Lovin'
achieves the unlikely: a tribute to an immortal artist which both glorifies its subject and elevates the worshipper kneeling at her altar. Lynne's 2001 breakthrough, I Am Shelby Lynne
, was both utterly fresh and nostalgically infused with a Memphis
-like spirit. Much of Just a Little Lovin'
is as familiar as an old pair of shoes. Lynne's original contribution, "Pretend," fits snugly between the classics, but it's the loose, practically improvised vibe of this recording that breathes new life into Bacharach and David's "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and, especially, Randy Newman's "I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore." Genius producer Phil Ramone lends the entire collection the kind of intimacy he brought to Paul Simon and Billy Joel's most atmospheric 1970s recordings. Restrained instrumentation--often simply guitar, upright bass, a sprinkling of piano, and light percussion--turn even the teenage bubble-gum anthem "I Only Want to Be with You" into a sultry meditation. It's hard to imagine another recent album more successful in melding retro-reverence with contemporary moderation. The result arouses emotion even as it enchantingly relaxes. --Ben Heege