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Road to Ensenada

Lyle LovettAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 18, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: June 18, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Touch My Hat
2. Her First Mistake
3. Fiona
4. That's Right (You're Not From Texas)
5. Who Loves You Better
6. Private Conversation
7. Promises
8. It Ought To Be Easier
9. I Can't Love You Anymore
10. Long Tall Texan
11. Christmas Morning
12. The Road To Ensenada
13. Bonus Track 1

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

12 songs

After the more experimental themes and misanthropic bit players populating his prior album, I Love Everybody, the songs on this superb 1996 set return to the more affable, earnest, but still knotty balance established by Lyle Lovett on his first four albums. He spins amiable yarns about his preferred headgear ("Don't Touch My Hat") and larger-than-life love objects (the one-eyed "Fiona"), sways hilariously through the backfired seductions of the samba-paced "Her First Mistake," and swings buoyantly through "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)," then ropes the equally droll Randy Newman into a tongue-in-cheek duet on "Long Tall Texan." In between, he sneaks a fresh string of dark love songs ("Private Conversation," "I Can't Love You Anymore") that sustain his formidable standards. Forget the forced issue of his putative ties to "new country": Lovett is simply one of the best American singer-songwriters extant, whether playing raconteur, philosopher king, or wounded romantic. --Sam Sutherland

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in a tight field April 4, 2001
By Erik K
Format:Audio CD
How do you pick the best Lyle Lovett album? Do you go for the melancholy and jazzy strains of Pontiac? The big band meets country of the Large Band album? Perhaps the sad and beautiful Joshua Judges Ruth? All would be albums most artists would kill to call a career best. But Lyle? He beats them all with The Road to Ensenada.
He has quirky, laid-back and humorous moments in songs like Don't Touch My Hat (a Texan answer to Elvis' Blue Suede Shoes) and Long Tall Texan, which pairs him again with Randy Newman in a gently humorous cowboy song (you'll of course remember You've Got a Friend in Me which the two sang together). The western swing of That's Right, You're Not From Texas is so infectious that you simply can't help singing along. The best of these is Her First Mistake, with it's marvelous wordplay and off-beat rythm. If you're not sure what people mean by country cool you'll have no question after hearing Lyle's delivery on that one.
But while his wry and humorous songs can always be counted on, it's with the songs that dig deeper into human emotion that Lovett excels. Listen to the loneliness of the narrator in Christmas Morning: :Lesser songwriters might have included some vitriol or nastiness to flesh out this song of a lonely man ignored by the world. Lovett manages it with quiet resignation, answering people's empty "have a nice days" with "Hey, what could they mean by that, perhaps I'm the fool they take me for, not anything more."
The title track reaches a similar level of sadness, and the hidden bonus track crosses between the humorous, the lonely and the hopeful for a beautiful finish to a perfect album. The Lyle-curious should start here. The Lyle-faithful surely already play this one on a regular basis.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark Album! October 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Does Lyle Lovett ever put out a bad album? The answer, as he reaffirms us with The Road to Ensenada, is a no. This is definitely one of the finest country albums of the 90's. Lyle Lovett proves that he can cut through the trash that populates today's country market and still make an excellent album. This is one of the most personal and revealing albums I've ever listened to (by any artist). Although this album was put out after his split with Julia Roberts, Lyle doesn't wallow in misery or self-pity. He even manages to slip in some of his now-famous dry wit on several of the tracks. He's also one of the few singers who can look at relationships objectively, while still incorporating all of the feelings that go with them. This is simply a phenominal album. This is a very intelligent album, but it doesn't sacrifice good music in the process. This album is both thought-provoking and fun to listen to at the same time. No CD in my rather large collection has received as many spins as this one.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album, but enough with the cute stuff! June 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As with all reviews, this only reflects my personal taste, so many listeners of "The Road to Ensenada" would likely disagree. In my humble opinion, Lovett's strongest and most powerful work appears in his more serious songs, like "It Ought to be Easier" and the title track. Although songs such as "Don't Touch My Hat" are fun at first, their novelty eventually wears off. Of course, some of these cute tracks are Lyle Lovett classics, including "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)," and as a Texan myself, I feel quite guilty for not enjoying these songs as much as I should. Anyway, my complaints are minor-this is an incredible CD, and I highly recommend it to people just beginning their Lyle Lovett album collection. There are few artists who defy genre as convincingly as Lovett.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alt-Country at its finest January 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Although Lyle Lovett's most recent CD is quite good, No collection of Alt-Country music should be without THE ROAD TO ENSENADA. This CD is both elegant and self depricating, big and brassy, and closae adn intimate. Every song is good, and every song speaks to you from the heart AND the brain.

If you are looking for an alternative to the "HAllmark Card" sappy sacharin sweet themes that permeate modern country music, than Lyle lovett is your man, and THE ROAD TO ENSENADA is the CD to start with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've sampled them all...this is his best September 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Rare is the artist who is difficult, if not impossible, to categorize. One moment country down to his boots, the next a smooth crooner with incredible wit who draws comparison to a modern-day Frank a strange way.

Lyle is the consumate musician and he surrounds himself with nothing but the best (if not better) supporting musicians. This is particularly evidenced on his Live in Texas album (which I highly recommend), but for his best album start to finish, look no further than this beauty.

Songs that make you laugh, cry and just scratch your head in amazement at how he manages to survey a chapter of the human condition and then put every nuance into a 4 minute, this guy is simply amazing.

What I like most about this album is that it touches upon so many genres. Rock, country, folk, pop...put them all in a blender and you have Road to Ensenada.

With too many great songs to list individually, I highly recommend that everyone out there picks this album up. You won't be disappointed.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Road to Ensenada
One of Lyle's best CD's. Every song's a winner.
Published 1 month ago by M. Dameron
4.0 out of 5 stars Why So Much?
I have liked this album a lot, ever since it was released in 1996, but why on earth would I want to pay $43.00 for a 12-track CD??
Published 2 months ago by A. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 3 months ago by royce g mcguire jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle, you won me over with this CD
I had a recommendation to get this CD from my sister who loved it. I bought it and I love it too. Beautiful stories, mesmerizing vocals, it blew me away.
Published 4 months ago by Roberta Sherette
5.0 out of 5 stars Character 1st
Character 1st says it in their actions. TINY scratch on a CD cover for a new product. They included a NEW blank CD cover as an extra. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Buddy Schilling
5.0 out of 5 stars This was my first Lyle Lovett CD.
Had a friend recomend Lyle Lovett's music to me and started with this CD. Love it! Listen to it quite often.
Published 8 months ago by Dan Chouinard
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle Is The Man!
I'm a fan of good music, good lyrics, and good players. This is a great album. And the packaging was perfect. Thank you.
Published 11 months ago by blackraven
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
fun tunes love it love it love it lyle lovett love it happy happy happy 5 4 3 2 1
Published 13 months ago by grffon
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle's My Guy
I have been listening to My Guy - Lyle for, forever. I love his ballads, his jazzy tunes, and I have no idea why Ms. Julia Roberts would have broken his BIG! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lambie's MOM
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Lyle!
I have always been fond of Lyle Lovett's quirky vocal stylings and on this CD, I enjoyed his writing as well.
Published 14 months ago by Lawrence R. Heagle
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