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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002PG7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If I Had A Boat
2. Give Back My Heart
3. I Loved You Yesterday
4. Walk Through The Bottomland
5. L.A. County
6. She's No Lady
7. M-O-N-E-Y
8. Black & Blue
9. Simple Song
10. Pontiac
11. She's Hot To Go

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Genre: Country & Western
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 26-AUG-1988


Pontiac is Lyle Lovett's finest album, but it still contains the strengths and weaknesses that have become Lyle's hallmarks. Crack playing, keen observations and clever lyrics, and a neo-traditionalist aesthetic that pulls in everything from Texas folk, honky-tonk and Western swing to old-school pop all shine brightly here, but they're consistently dulled by an ironic distance and a bitterness toward women that approaches misogyny. On Pontiac, the strengths generally win out, however, as Lovett convincingly stalks an old lover ("L.A. County"), says "take my wife, please" ("She's No Lady"), and, on the title track, offers a character sketch that could've been penned by Raymond Carver. --David Cantwell

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Terrific music, every song is different.
jan newcomb
It has his amazingly beautiful, humorous, poetic lyrics and the music is simple but great.
Elizabeth B. Daykin
I listen to this one atleast 3 times a week.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By pat sharp on July 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I own all of Lyle's albums. This is the first one I ever heard (when I was 5 years old.} It made a very strong impression on me All of his cd's are amazing in their own ways, but I think this one is still the best. I don't like country music, but Lyle has an extremely sophisticated style of songwriting, that incorporates elements of folk, jazz, blues,southern gospel,big band swing, and contemporary country. There is a very sly and smooth quality in Lyle's voice and the way he writes songs that will give you chills. The first song "If I had a boat" is what won me over as a fan. A very catchy and charming folk song with well played twangy guitars. "Give back my heart" is humorous country blues at its best, "I loved you yesterday" is a Texan style country ballad that sounds a little like a Spanish folk song. "Walk through the bottomland" is a great folk song with just the right amount of twang with good harmony vocals from Emmylou Harris {very haunting vibe on this one.} "L.A.County" has an interesting approach, the song is upbeat country, but the lyrics are dark and talk about the killing of an ex lover at her wedding, Matt Rollings plays some great synthesizer on this one. "She's no lady" is a great sly jazzy song. Although it's kind of bitter toward women, its a damn catchy number, good short piano solo too! "Money" is a good blues song about how to get classy women {funny}. Things get darker with "black and blue" very sly with a big band sound you sorta feel like your'e chillin at a smoky jazz club while this song is playing. "simple song" is beautifully morbid.Read more ›
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Lyle Lovett is generally a skilled songwriter who draws from several modes of music that many of his contemporaries have abandoned: Western swing, big band pop, postwar jazz and such. Most of his albums are mixed bags, stocked equally with keenly observed story songs and tiresome cliches. "Pontiac" is by far his best album, the one time he manages the shirk the weaknesses of his other work and put together eleven nearly flawless songs. Here is his charactaristic irony, humor, eye for character, sense of whimsy, and fine brush strokes. On songs like "A Simple Song" and "If I Had a Boat"--one of the greatest songs written since Dylan was in his second, "Blood on the Tracks"-era prime--, he weilds a pen like never before or since. In my opinion, none of his other albums (aside perhaps from "Live in Texas") would warrant more than three stars, but this one lands almost accidentally among the best of the 1980's.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Carroll VINE VOICE on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
PONTIAC is a wonderful example of how multi-talented an individual Lyle Lovett is. Beginning with the charming "If I Had a Boat," PONTIAC takes a listener on a journey through the many different song styles, all of which Lovett is a master of. Lovett plumbs the depths of a man's soul on the noir tales of "L.A.County" and "Pontiac" and then just as easily creates a sense of fun and exasperation on "Give Back my Heart" and "She's No Lady." PONTIAC captures a master songwriter at the top of his game with haunting lyrics and memorable tunes. Shifting easily from Texas twangs to big band sounds, Lovett creates a sound that encapsulates the true range of the what is known as "country," and he does it better than most.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jim Mitchell on February 1, 2003
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The first thing you'll hear when you bring up Lyle with someone is something about his looks. Yes, he is an unusual looking man. Unusual is not ugly or unpleasant, in my opinon. But what that has to do with listening to his music is beyond me. The keyword is that you're LISTENING to him, not looking at him. If for some reason you can't get past his looks, just keep that in mind. And hey- he was married to Julia Roberts for a year- how long were YOU married to her? That's what I thought...
This is Lyle at his best- not too jazzy, not too country, just right. I partciularly love "Walk Through The Bottomlands", a beautiful, haunting song with wonderful background vocals by Emmylou Harris. Equally fine is "I Loved You Yesterday", sort of a slow Texas swing love song. These are my two favorite songs, but every track fits perfectly, and there is no filler.
Lyle is funny, dark, sad, wistful, romantic and yes, sometimes just plain weird. His music certainly has some country elements, and this album probably has more of that than others. But that's a plus, since it's not twangy or pseudo-rock country. This is probably his most accessible album, and the perfect place to start if you don't want his greatest hits. And go see him in concert the next time he swings through your town. He might not be Bruuuuuce, but he's still an incredible live performer.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ingalls on June 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first became aware of Lyle Lovett's amazing talent around 1989 when I picked up a copy of "Lyle Lovett and his Large Band," after hearing so many great things about him. I was blown away by his songwriting talent, his wonderful voice, and the way he can whip a band into shape. He has never disappointed me. It's unfortunate that so many people simply know of Lyle as the neo-country singer with the weird hair who was once married to Julia Roberts. Proof that his music is so good is that I have never met anyone who listened to a Lyle Lovett disc and walked away disappointed...no matter what your taste in music, chances are pretty good that you'll stick with Lyle after hearing him.
Anyway...enough with the "back story"...I chose to review "Pontiac" simply because I feel it's Lyle's most consistent work. There really isn't a weak cut on the entire disc. "If I Had a Boat" is both tender and hilarious...PC attitudes aside, "She's No Lady" is a swinging, funny little number..."Black and Blue" is a beautiful jazz/blues lament..."I Loved You Yesterday" is simply gorgeous. Lyle has taken an uncanny skill at weaving country and blues an turned it into a beautiful art. If you like this, chances are you'll enjoy the follow-up, "Lyle Lovett and his Large Band," which follows the same musical cues. "Joshua Judges Ruth" is also stunning. But check out "Pontiac" to see a true master at the top of his form.
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