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Natural Forces

Lyle LovettAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Nashville
  • ASIN: B002JCSE2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Natural Forces
2. Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel
3. Pantry
4. Empty Blue Shoes
5. Whooping Crane
6. Bayou Song
7. Bohemia
8. Don't You Think I Feel It Too
9. Sun and Moon and Stars
10. Loretta
11. It's Rock and Roll
12. Pantry [Acoustic Version]

Editorial Reviews

2009 album from the veteran singer/songwriter. Natural Forces showcases Lyle's unwavering songwriting alongside amazing songs from such Texas writers as Eric Taylor, Don Sanders, Tommy Elskes, David Ball, Vince Bell, Robert Earl Keen, and the legendary Townes Van Zandt. 12 tracks.

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best from one of my favorite artists! October 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I own every album that Lyle Lovett has ever made, and I waited anxiously for this new release. Unfortunately, it's not his best work. There are still the ballads in his unique voice that grace every album, but they're not HIS songs. He's used other songwriters for some songs (not a problem on his "Step Inside This House" album) but on "Natural Fores" the choices seem a bit thin on emotional stirrings. Lyle is an amazing songwriter, and I prefer his touching words to almost anyone's. That being said.....the songs he did write on this album are ridiculously childish! Normally every album has a "quirky" or "fun" song or two, but they always tell a great story, albeit in a light-hearted way. The goofy songs he chose to put on this album are just...dumb. "Keep It In Your Pantry" is repetitive and nonsensical (though the acoustic version is the better of the two versions). "Farmer Brown", while a nice reel, is not my choice for labeling a "good Lyle Lovett song".

That being said, there is still his wonderful voice and style, and "Empty Blue Shoes" is up there with his best work. "It's Rock And Roll" was a great rockin' treat. This album earned 3 stars because it's Lyle Freakin' Lovett, and he's awesome. Not his best, but he's still better than almost anyone out there, so I'll purchase everything he puts up for sale!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best since "Pontiac" October 23, 2009
Format:MP3 Music

There are many artists I used to listen to early on in their career and in the course of time lost interest. They may have changed too much, they may have changed too little, they may have started to appeal to the masses and I have started to turn away in a stupid "but I knew them back when..."-attitude. Whatever the reason, it happened with John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, R.E.M., Big Country to name but a few, and yes, it also happened to me with Lyle Lovett. The first album of his I bought was Pontiac and I fell in love with "If I Had a Boat", "Walk Through the Bottomland" and "L.A. County". I stopped buying his CDs after "Step Inside This House", still gave them a listen but then decided to spend my money on Son Volt, Todd Snider or Ryan Bingham.

Until "Natural Forces" that is: "Natural Forces" is good ol' Lyle and still fresh and new that I'm looking forward to the first time I put this in my CD changer in the car next spring and roll down the window driving along the country roads. It's not as good as "Pontiac" but it comes damn close. Try the title song, the stompin' "Pantry", the plaintive "Empty Blue Shoes" or the Townes cover "Loretta" and you'll see what I mean.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not possible for Lovett to make a bad recording October 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD
There are few artists that I have loved for the duration of their careers. One of the other of us grows apart. Lovett's music has sustained me for years. I love his humor, his sentimentality, and the sheer level of musicianship here.

Here are a dozen songs covering everything from lost love to the music business. Most of the music here is from Lovett's more country style rather than the large band and it's good introspective music.

Following is just a sample of a few of the dozen songs on this recording:

"Whooping Crane" talks of all the ecological blessings we've lost from species to drinkable water and natural elements.

"Keep it in Your Pantry" is Lovett at his punny best. Folks on Weight Watchers should probably avoid this song.

"Loretta" is a homage to Townes. Everyone's covered this song from Norah Jones to Steve Earle. I'd say Townes is smiling over this love ballad to his Eternal Girl.

"It's Rock and Roll" is another song about the music business. Probably every artist has one somewhere and many have been recorded.

While this is not my very favorite Lovett recording, I still think it's a great addition for any Lovett fan.

Rebecca Kyle, October 2009
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Lyle! December 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is not cohesive in flow. It flings the ear back and forth from ballad Lyle to rocker Lyle, from brilliant song writing to mundane (Choke my chicken? What were you thinking?). I found it hard to listen to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Lyle does best October 27, 2009
By Androo
Format:Audio CD
This is an album mostly made up of songs by other songwriters including Townes Van Zandt and Vince Bell. There are a couple of originals though, like the excellent title track, and some co-written tunes, like the suggestive 'Choke My Chicken' and the bluegrass 'Keep it in Your Pantry'. If you've thought, like I have, that Lyle was running out of new ideas on the songwriting front recently, this can only be a good thing. And since he has the knack of making even a song you know well sound like something HE wrote, it generally is a good thing.
Take 'Sun and Moon and Stars' for instance. It took me a while to realise where I'd heard it before. Fans of Nanci Griffith will no doubt remember it from her 'Late Night Grand Hotel' album though it was written by Vince Bell. It suits Lyle just fine and reminds you he's actually a pretty good singer. Other songs, like 'Whooping Cranes' were made for Lyle's style of delivery, and anything by the iconic Townes Van Zandt is bound to fit him like a glove.
The two standout tracks for me are the title track and the superb 'Bohemia', which has a cool, jazzy, sassy groove to it. The sound on this album is a bit different to the sparse, spacious sound on some of his records by the way. It's more up front, more lively, more fun. Lyle, who barely raised his voice above a croak on the last album, sounds confident and strong on here.
So I'm liking this more than Lyle's recent output and rate it pretty highly. I do think I might soon tire of the repetitive 'Keep it in Your Pantry' (there's a second, better, acoustic version of this on the record too) and the joke may soon wear thin on 'Choke My Chicken' but on the whole I have few complaints.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tour de Force
One of Lyle Lovett's best - a great deal of variety, touching and quirkly lyrics, and Lovett's wonderful voice. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike H.
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with Lyle Lovett
Natural Forces is a great CD/MP3. You get classic Lyle Lovett, which means great musicianship, good song writing and a wonderful voice.
Published 7 months ago by T. Glantz
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating for Natural Forces
I am the world's biggest Lyle Lovett fan, every CD is better and better. I have them all, my favorite music.
Published 18 months ago by Linda Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Lyle Lovett makes another great CD I love his music and my family also loves him see him live too
Published 19 months ago by Linda Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lyle
Not a country music person but this is great. I didnt get every song but he is very soulful and cd is great for about any mood
Published 20 months ago by James A
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that Lovett
Natural Forces is perhaps his best studio album since The Road to Ensenada. With lots of catchy songs including the title track and the fun FarmerBrown/Chicken Reel complete with... Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Steve W
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle's Roots are Showing
Every Lyle Lovett album is, at a minimum, good. Natural Forces is Great, and a great throwback to Lyle's Country roots. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Richard E. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars If Mama's happy, everyone's gonna be happy!
I'm not a Lyle Lovett fan, but my wife is. Bought it for her...and she's happy with it, thus I'm happy.
Published on June 15, 2011 by Gray Beard
2.0 out of 5 stars 4 or 5 stars? No way.
I own ever Lyle Lovett ever made, including this one, and this is the only one I probably won't keep. Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by Hoss
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
This may be the best collection Lyle Lovett has put together. A great mixture of up-tempo, clever songs as well as the thoughtful, introspective tunes he is so good at. Read more
Published on May 10, 2010 by Cashmere
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