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Lovett,Lyle ~ Step Inside This House

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The most mercurial of Texas singer/songwriters, Lyle Lovett has assembled a two-disc homage to mentors and fellow travelers--a homecoming of mixed emotions and uneven meditations on Texas land and soul. The first disc is the most spacious--including songs by Vince Bell, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, and Michael Martin Murphy--while the second concentrates on Walter Hyatt and Townes Van Zandt (who died in 1996 and 1997 respectively). The meticulous and mostly acoustic layering of dobro, steel guitar, and piano sonically celebrates Lovett's Lone Star roots; his band even jaunts into western swing on Walter Hyatt's "Teach Me About Love." And Lovett's voice sounds warmly weathered with the respect and affection he has for the material. But the material is perplexing. Eric Taylor's "Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning" never drives home its lonely impressions; selections from David Rodriguez and Willis Allen Ramsey never draw from the depth of those writers' imaginations (at least "Sleepwalking" is a rarity in Ramsey's small but legendary catalogue); and Steve Fromholz's "Texas Trilogy" never transcends aimless local color. But the two traditional pieces, "More Pretty Girls Than One" and "Texas River Song," number among the album's finest surprises. A similar grace and clarity animates both the title track--one of Guy Clark's most lambent but unrecorded compositions--and two of Van Zandt's greatest mysteries: "Highway Kind" and "Flying Shoes." --Roy Francis Kasten

Disc: 1
1. Bears
2. Lungs
3. Step Inside This House
4. Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning
5. I've Had Enough
6. Teach Me About Love
7. Sleepwalking
8. Ballad Of The Snow Leopard And The Tanqueray Cowboy
9. More Pretty Girls Than One
10. West Texas Highway
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Disc: 2
1. Texas Trilogy: Daybreak
2. Texas Trilogy: Train Ride
3. Texas Trilogy: Bosque County Romance
4. Flyin' Shoes
5. Babes In The Woods
6. Highway Kind
7. Lonely In Love
8. If I Need You
9. I'll Come Knockin'
10. Texas River Song

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Curb / MCA
  • ASIN: B00000C2CO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Darren Burton on November 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I grew up on twangy country since this is what my dad listened to and generally despised country music in general because of this. But after hearing the clever lyrics of "Here I am" I decided to check Lyle Lovett out. I picked up The Road to Ensenada and became converted. Step Inside This House was the second CD I bought on blind faith and I became a lifelong fan. I now have 5 Lyle Lovett albums and plan on buying all the others, since I have never been disappointed with any of them so far. This CD is unusual in that Lyle Lovett didn't write any of the songs. (He usually writes the majority of the material on his albums). Lyle has picked these songs and they are excellent. But he has also done something that I have never seen anywhere else, he shares the glory with the songwriters. On ever page with the lyrics he has a picture of himself and the songwriter. I think this is a very cool thing to do. Most perfomers use songs written by other people and hide the credit in the small print in the CD booklet. I have also converted several friends that hate country music into diehard Lyle Lovett fans. Check it out!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Cote on January 15, 2005
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This is one of the finest albums in my collection, let alone one of the finest collection of gritty, yet subtle country/folk you'll ever hear. I don't consider myself a fan of country, but I wouldn't necessarily call this country. This, to me, is quintessential American music. The two disc set has enough variety to please all ears and its sonic qualities are nearly flawless. It's a real treat on the ears. It also rips or lifts your heart. It's the rare album that evokes such a broad range of emotions.

Imagery is big, and I can't help but be drawn to some dusty West Texas town when I listen to this music. I paint such a vivid picture of the places in my mind. It's one of my favorite albums to listen to on late night drives.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zack Handlen on January 7, 2001
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To be honest, when I first bought this album, it wasn't an immediate favorite of mine. I'm a big Lyle Lovett fan, and I generally buy all the albums of artists I especially admire; this doesn't mean, however, that I truly enjoy every album, and at first, Step Inside this House seemed to me a pleasant, but uninteresting diversion. None of the songs were written by Lovett himself, and that bothered me; and I'd never actually heard of any of the writers. However, time has changed my opinion, and it's now a treasured part of my collection. Lovett's voice is perfect for these songs, reserved and melancholy and drier than the most arid of deserts; and the songs themselves are real treats. I enjoy the "Texas Trilogy", and the title track is wonderful. I could go on and take apart each song in turn, but why waste the time- if you like Lyle Lovett, or good music, step inside this house, and treat yourself to a wonderful time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Baby Strange on May 16, 2000
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I admit that I bought this 2-CD set completely blind--I figured it was a worthy gamble, and of course I was right (we're talking Lyle Lovett, after all).
At first, I was rather disappointed to see that none of the songs are Lovett's, but after a listen or two I changed my mind. Two of the Texas songwriters represented on "Step Inside This House" were familiar to me (Townes Van Zandt and Willis Alan Ramsey), but I've since begun to seek out work by Steven Fromholz, Robert Earl Keen, and the others represented on this remarkably well-chosen set of tunes.
I can honestly say that I like every single song on both CDs. "Step Inside This House," "West Texas Highway," "Rollin' By," all three songs of the Texas Trilogy, "If I Needed You," and "Texas River Song" are my particular favorites, but both CDs are so good my favorites are so only by a small degree.
If you are already a fan of Lovett's, this is well worth owning, not only as some great music but also as a glimpse at the songwriters who have influenced Lovett's own work and share his Texas roots. I swear, "Step Inside This House" makes me want to visit Texas sometime, if only to see the places that inspired such great songs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2000
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I first listened to this album while driving back home from Tucson, fighting with my wife about some inconsequential nonsense. We were at that point when you're not saying anything, just sitting there, stewing. As the two of us and Lyle kept rolling, these songs lifted us out of that low place. There's a lot of wisdom and truth in these tunes, and after I popped in the second disc (actually disc 1), the song "Teach Me About Love" seemed to be talking to me about how close I was coming to learning once again about women and slamming doors. But we worked things out, and found ourselves playing these amazing songs over and over. Sometimes all you need is a message from the heart. It's here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
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Once again, another great album by Lyle Lovett. Although the album is heavy with ballads and mid-tempo tunes, it is still one of the finest collections of covers I've seen in a long time. This ranks up with Nanci Griffith's Other Voices Other Rooms as one of the best cover albums to date. He makes each song sound as if it came straight from him.
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