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With Tears, Lies, And Alibis the follow-up to 2008 s Just A Little Lovin and the first release on her own label, EVERSO RECORDS Shelby Lynne affirms her position as a visionary, iconoclastic artist who deftly weaves country, soul, rock, blues, pop and folk influences to forge her own unique style. Like Identity Crisis (2003) and Suit Yourself (2005), this sparse, unguarded collection was produced by Lynne, who evokes a live-in-the-studio vibe from a stellar group of musicians.

Born in Quantico, VA, she grew up in Jackson, AL and headed to Nashville at an early age. At 18, Lynne s demos landed her an appearance on TNN s Nashville Now series, which led to a Top 50 duet ( If I Could Bottle This Up ) with George Jones and a record deal. Following the release of the critically acclaimed I Am Shelby Lynne in 2000, she won the GRAMMY® for Best New Artist. She made her acting debut in 2005, playing Johnny Cash s mother in the Fox Searchlight motion picture Walk the Line.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Everso Records
  • ASIN: B0039ZF86E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008's finely crafted but slow moving tribute to Dusty Springfield, Just A Little Lovin', seems to have divided up the fans a bit. I loved it, but, judging from the reviews on these pages, others either disliked it because they felt the performances didn't compare favorably with the Springfield originals, or because it wasn't what they expected of Ms. Lynne. This new CD finds Shelby firmly back on track, writing all the songs, and sounding better than ever, if perhaps a bit down.

There's a fair amount of variety here, but the album does tend toward the somber, and the instrumentation is sparse and often so subtle that it takes repeated play to notice all the nuances and bits of virtuosity by the supporting players. Yet this factor is also what makes this collection of tunes so charming, despite the sadness and occasional anger conveyed in many of them. Lynne is not a flamboyant artist, and is not interested in proving every second that she's a technically brilliant vocalist. No screaming or running up and down the scales - just good, straightforward phrasing with attention paid most to lyric and melody. These songs convey emotion through Lynne's words and the sweetness and delicacy of the instrumentals. Although this is at a heart a country album, it's not a typical one, in that it does not strive for either a stereotypical country sound, or for commercialism - no hit singles here except maybe the opening rocker, "Rains Came." This is mostly a quiet, adult record, yet not without some energy (although the most up-tempo tracks are the first two, with slight lifts coming in on two mid-tempo tracks in the middle, and the next-to-last song).
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There is no such thing as a bad Shelby Lynne album. She is a major talent and has an amazing voice. I own every album she's put out, and I was looking forward to this one because she produced it and put it out on her own label.

Unfortunately, that's the major weakness of Tears, Lies, and Alibis. I know she has a thing about record companies and music producers, but I believe she does better with collaboration.

This CD is so spare it almost sounds like a demo. I loved the spareness of the previous Dusty Springfield homage, but this one breaks no new ground. She never rocks out. There's nothing jazzy. I was hoping for some soul--nothing.

Several of the songs sound similar to other songs she's released. The lyrics cover similar ground as well. Her best albums continue to be I Am Shelby Lynne; Love, Shelby; and the Springfield homage.

Maybe she's going through something, and the next album will be incredible. I hope she collaborates in the future. I also hope someone tells her the new hairstyle is awful. Whoever is advising her right now is not doing her any favors.
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Recently saw Shelby live in NYC and she is spellbinding. She played most of "Tears, Lies..." in the same spare, elegant manner on the cd, and she was mesmerising. Alibi is one of the great ballads of the 21st century. See her live, buy her music, she's as real and beautiful as it gets.
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"Tears, Lies, and Alibis" is an extraordinarily beautiful, heartfelt, and bravely personal album from one of the finest singer-songwriters in America today. Anyone who would disparage it is missing something truly important. It is essentially an acoustic album (at least in feel and sound), largely recorded at her home in the Southern California desert as well as in Nashville, with Shelby Lynne on acoustic guitar, and primary accompaniment from Lynne's lead guitarist, John Jackson (fantastic live solos) and bassist and co-producer Brian Harrison (as well as a few others). If the album is "low-key" and stripped down, it is so in the way that one might find with Willie Nelson (and Lynne's music is eclectic in the same way), Johnny Cash's American Recording albums, or perhaps even on Springsteen's "Nebraska".

My wife and I are fortunate to have seen Shelby Lynne live three times, including her remarkable appearance at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco in support of "Just a Little Lovin'". It was a night that will be long remembered by those who were lucky enough to be there. Shelby put on the performance of a lifetime, and the enthusiastic Fillmore crowd gave back the love. We also were able to see Shelby twice during her most recent 2010 tour in support of "Tears, Lies, and Alibis", both in Chico, CA early in the tour (which Shelby said on stage was the weirdest show she'd ever played, but which had moments of sheer beauty and stark openess), and also at the tour's last show in Solana Beach, CA at the famous Belly Up Tavern (an absolutely great show at a classic SoCal beach city venue). While the Fillmore show was with a full band, the "Alibis" tour was very intimate, with just Lynne, Jackson, and Harrison.
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This lady does things her way, making each album a pleasant surprise with a new sound and/or style. Not too sure you can "categorize" Shelby as she does not fit neatly into a niche, as most critics (and a lot of listeners) would prefer. This is simply a great vocalist doing as she "hears" on each album.
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