The Road to Ensenada
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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.
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.
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 song....man, 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This CD and Joshua Judges Ruth are my two favorite Lyle Lovett discs. Some of my favorite LL songs are on The Road to Ensenada, in particular Long Tall Texan. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Big AL
Country swing with his large band.(surprisingly similar to what Jackson Browne and the Eagles, which used to be called So Cal rock) Sentimental attachment for me to the road to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by telco
Imus was right again. Lyle Lovett is must listening all the time.Published 11 months ago by jacklyle34