I Am Shelby Lynne
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On this audacious effort Lynne finally has a sympathetic writing partner and producer in Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow;) while portions of the album have an inevitable 'Tuesday Night Music Club' vibe, the finished product is unmistakably Shelby's own.
Perhaps a more meaningful point of reference is the late Dusty Springfield's 'Dusty in Memphis;' like that classic 'I Am Shelby Lynne' is infused with a sense of gravitas and playfulness. That, and a deep appreciation of a kind of southern-fried country soul indigenous to Lynne's Alabama home. Even more encouragingly (and unlike Springfield) Lynne is not beholden to the vagaries of the supply of great outside songwriters and songs, which suggests that she could plumb the emotional depths of this aesthetic for many years to come.
There is plenty to cheer in 'I Am Shelby Lynne' apart from some most unfortunate mastering errors (on the UK pressing, at least) in which most tracks are offset by three seconds and the end of 'Black Lite Blue' is cut off altogether; with any luck the US arm of Mercury will have addressed this in time for the domestic release.
Whatever its technical shortcomings the album's title says it all: Shelby Lynne has arrived.
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As good as Shelby Lynne is, the producer deserves major kudos for this sterling set. It opens with a thunderclap and a howl in a storm. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nomad Lewdrack
It's a classic, for sure...but just the beginning of a new trajectory for this very talented, soulful woman. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. A. Dees
Saw Shelby about 2 months ago. Didn't know much about her music. She totally won me over. She was fabulous. This is a great album.Published 12 months ago by FRANK THE MUSIC MAN
YES! This album is one of my all time favorites and now it's even better. It sounds crystal clear and the live concert DVD features a wonderful performance of many of the songs... Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Columbus
I've replaced my original CD with this CD/DVD set after seeing a couple YouTube clips of Ms. Lynne and her band playing the Hard Rock Cafe. Read morePublished 14 months ago by WayneB
This cd is great from start to finish although the additional tracks to the original aren't nearly as strongPublished 16 months ago by greg simpson