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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002PDX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cowboy Man
2. God Will
3. Farther Down The Line
4. This Old Porch
5. Why I Don't Know
6. If I Were The Man You Wanted
7. You Can't Resist It
8. The Waltzing Fool
9. An Acceptable Level Of Ecstasy (The Wedding Song)
10. Closing Time

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Lyle Lovett

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Lyle Lovett sprang up fully-formed in 1986, the bastard child of Randy Newman and Townes Van Zandt. His eponymous debut set the pace for future releases, balancing near-perfect ballads ("If I Were the Man You Wanted," "Closing Time") with wry, black humor romps ("God Will," "An Acceptable Level of Ecstasy"). His singing is also in place here, his voice a subtle expressive tool as dry as the West Texas plains. There are flashes of overproduction, as on the over-amped "You Can't Resist It" (which later found its home on stage in a spare cello arrangement), but overall things are pretty tasteful, like Lovett himself. Also check out Lovett's stunning sophomore effort, Pontiac. --Michael Ruby

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BMW Guy on October 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a general rule, debut albums generally contain some of the artist's best work- and Lyle Lovett's self-titled 1986 album is no exception. Here, Lovett's talent shines in a satisfying combination of country-themed Texas character sketches ("Cowboy Man", "Farther Down The Line", "This Old Porch"); some outstanding ballads ("If I Were the Man You Wanted", "The Waltzing Fool"), a jazz tune (An Acceptable Level of Ecstacy); and some subtly witty lyrics (God Will, Why I Don't Know). The only song that really feels out of place here is the electric-guitar themed "You Can't Resist It", which is not a bad song, really, it just doesn't flow with the album as much as the others do. Nevertheless, Lyle Lovett comes out with both six-guns shooting on this, his first album. He has a true ability for sweeping you away from where ever you may be and plopping you right smack onto an old, weathered porch in Texas, cold lemonade in hand, watching the dust blow across the plains. It's a welcome respite from the daily grind, and that's why this album, along with "Pontiac" and "Joshua Judges Ruth", is a must have for any Lyle Lovett fan.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Batmanbrb on June 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was so excited when Lyle Lovett first appeared on the airwaves in the mid 80's. He was the freshest, most intelligent, most artistic singer/songwriter to ever grace the musical landscape. Although this is the most country sounding of all his releases, every single song is top-notch and so many country artists could learn a thing or two about how to do country music CORRECTLY!! I remember this CD being very controversial in country music because of the lyrics in songs such as "God Will" and "Cowboy Man", but that didn't stop them from being Top 10 hits. I have to say my favorite songs are the second half of the disc and they are possibly some of his best written songs. This was one of the most critically acclaimed release of the 80's and a gem in any Lyle Lovett fan's music collection.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're new to Lovett, listen to "God Will" on this, his first album, to get a sense of what a dry sense of humour really is. Lyle will do it for me every time.
Listen to every track on this album except for "You Can't Resist It", which you should listen to first on his new live release. Then, once you're a Lyle Lovett addict, come back, play his old version version for the first time, and laugh about how your new favorite artist has only one dated song in his whole, incredible repertoire.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caslo Cranston on February 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I've been away from Lyle's early music for too long I feel compelled to return time and again.

This was his first album and along with Pontiac - are two of my favorites.
Not quite country, not quite western - no something more than both. Maybe you could call his style a jazzy-country. Whatever you want to call it - you'll find you love it.

Production value of both of these albums is excellent.

You'll love: God Will, If I Were the Man You Wanted, Closing Time and the fast paced Cowboy Man

If you are a new fan - treat yourself and buy this one and Pontiac - you won't be disappointed.

caslo
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
'This Old Porch' alone is worth the price of the CD. I grew up 5 miles from that Brazos River (the bottom lands) he sings about, and this song captures the smell of enchiladas, cattle, and an old musty porch with cattle milling about. It's the real thing. Almost every song of the CD is a classic. A must-have for your collection if you are a fan.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This wonderful CD showcases Lyle's incredible range of musical styles. The songwriting is superb and "This Old Porch" is still one of my favorite songs. If you buy only one Lyle Lovett CD, this should be the one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on November 14, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This has a lot of great songs on it, and we get to see some of his early confidence, both in his singing and songwriting that we see more fully developed on Pontiac and Joshua Judges Ruth. I like so many of the tracks on this one, but I think my favorite is God Will.

We see his typical eclectic choice of styles from swing, big band and country to even a bit of rock (if you close your eyes, you might think that he is channeling Bryan Adams on You Can't Resist It). This is a great album of enduring appeal. Don't hesitate, grab it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patty MacDuffie on November 3, 2013
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Just picked this up. I'd forgotten just how good Lyle Lovett is. He is magnificent! Beautiful, unique voice, great style, fabulous musicality. So glad to have found you again!
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