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I Am Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne Audio CD
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Shelby Lynne was destined to be a singer. Born a singer. She was raised in rural Alabama by musical parents who stressed individuality and the importance of standing apart from others. A terrible student, but avid reader, she loved the written lyric and a beautiful melody. Around the house she was surrounded by country music from the past, Hank Williams, Dottie West, Waylon Jennings, as well ... Read more in Amazon's Shelby Lynne Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B00002MHRD
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Your Lies
2. Leavin'
3. Life Is Bad
4. Thought It Would Be Easier
5. Gotta Get Back
6. Why Can't You Be?
7. Lookin' Up
8. Dreamsome
9. Where I'm From
10. Black Light Blue

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Amazon.co.uk Review

One of the new breed of US crossover country stars, 30-year-old Shelby Lynne has a lived-in voice and the offhand grace of a southern steel magnolia. Although she recorded some albums in Nashville, it wasn't until she returned to her native Alabama that she made this, her debut for Mercury, and the one she is most proud of. Mixing lilting Southern soul with slide guitar country on tracks like "Leavin" and "Why Can't You Be", she has the same down-home, dead-sharp style of 1970s deep-soul sisters like Ann Peebles or Shirley Brown. There's also a touch of girl-group pop purity in songs like "Your Lies" and languid nostalgia on "Where I'm From", a wry tribute to a hometown that "ain't no Margaret Mitchell". Most powerful, though, is the acoustic reverie "Lookin' Up". When she was 17, Lynne's father killed her mother before shooting himself and that sense of personal tragedy seeps into this song, especially in the classic line: "I'm lookin' up for the next thing that brings me down". --Lucy O'Brien

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  1. Your Lies
  2. Leavin'
  3. Life Is Bad
  4. Thought It Would Be Easier
  5. Gotta Get Back
  6. Why Can't You Be
  7. Lookin' Up
  8. Dreamsome
  9. Where I'm From
  10. Black Light Blue

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nashville refugee gone done real good! 26 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Shelby Lynne and Sheryl Crow have a lot in common. Superficially they come over as handsome, tough ladies ready to drink you under the table then spit beer in yer eye. Musically they are both produced by the distinctive Bill Bottrell and make music that draws its inspiration from many styles with a rock-country-blues crossover to the fore.
But the similarities are only skin deep. Whilst Crow's material basks in the 1000 mega-watt light of promotional publicity, Lynne spurns such activity. Crow has been the darling of the mainstream media since her more-than-adequate debut in the mid-90s, plodding a slow, steady, predictable path of TV appearances, glossy mag covers and Bond themes to a position of music industry nomenclature - a position she can milk for the rest of her life without ever having to make an outstanding record.
Alabama native Shelby Lynne on the other hand, has suffered years as a Nashville stable also-ran, producing formulaic album after album that straight jacketed a talent which has come bursting onto the scene with this album. The title says it all: "This is the real me, this is what I can do!"
The result is a collection of songs that , whilst stylistically similar to much of Sheryll Crow's material, is much stronger, musically, lyrically and emotionally than that of the west-coast darlin'. The soulful "Leavin'", the bayouesque "Where I'm From", and the Specter-inspired "Your Lies" all sound genuine, heartfelt musical expression, rather than exercises in style. "Life is Bad", a gruff slice of bar stool philosophy and "Why Can't You Be?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country / Soul crossover 26 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is an outstanding album - One of those rarities where the hype is justified.
Much has been written of Shelby's troubled youth and we'll never know for sure if this has been a creative driver in her life, but this album is a pressure cooker of simmering anguish. To be honest, the lyrucs suggest a broken heart from a broken relationship - but this may well be transposition.
The term Alt. Country has to be one of the worst yet divised for a musical genre, but this album falls under this catagory. It is a real hybrid of trad. country and southern soul. A new (To me, at least) and very refreshing combination. This is one of those special album that, despite being of a sombre and reflective tone, is actually incredibly uplifting.
I've got some advice for you. BUY THIS ALBUM. If you give it a couple of listens and don't like it, I will personnally give you your money back. I may even pay for the operation too...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!! BUY IT NOW! 8 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after seeing the video to 'Your Lies' at the end of an episode of TOTP2, and it has become one of the most played albums in my collection. From the opening 'your Lies' to the closing notes of 'Black Light Blue' the whole album is, in my opinion, flawless. Shelby covers Sheryl Crow style country rock to soft bluesy songs such as 'Lookin up'. Light a few candles, laze back with a glass of wine and I guarantee you will love the album. I can't praise it enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme, a stunning album from a stunning talent 20 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to this album compulsively since I bought it. Not a note or word is out of place in any of the songs and every thing you'll hear is infused with soul, passion and sensuality. Every song is unique unto itself and this variety is a joy to behold, it's an aural treat. In an age of overblown epics and indulgent songwriters these perfectly formed three minute slices of a vibrant life are more than just a breath of fresh air.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 10 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a genuine 100% modern classic....a superb emotional trawl tinged with pathos and deep country soul...every song is individually a gem but when fused together in the course of an album the result is truly more than the sum of its parts.
This is a classy authentic album which will be remebered as a milestone for forging the path for other soul/country singers..an incredibly beautiful testement to the talents of Ms.Lynne..
Best song : Lookin' up
listen to this album..it will change the way you think about music for ever
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're not in Nashville anymore, Toto! 28 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album 'I am Shelby Lynne' defies categorisation. It's NOT country, but as to what it IS, I couldn't tell ya. One thing I can say - it's GOOD! I've got 'Alabama Song' by Allison Moorer, (they're sisters I'm told) but it's not like that either. 'Life Is Bad' has a kinda Sheryl Crow vibe going on, and in places I'm put in mind of The Shirelles or The Shangrilas. (I know, I'm making it sound bizarre.) It's funny though, cos everyone seems to go out and buy I.A.S.L. pretty much blind, (well it's not like it's likely to get airplay or anything!) Something drew me to this album and I'm glad it did. If you're interested, the last two albums I bought on faith without ever hearing a note were Alanis' 'Jagged Little Pill and Hole 'Live Through This', and I love them too! Stand out tracks? 'Thought It Would Be Easier' and 'Your Lies'. An instant classic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This a fine offering from the 31 year old Alabama beauty, although a little short at 36 mins duration. The ten tracks are nicely varied and mesh together well. The tracks 'Your Lies' and 'Life is Bad' are the undoubted high points but 'why can't you be?' and 'Where I'm from' are also strong. My one down point is the lack of a strong track to finish off. However, considering I bought this on the slimmest of recommendations, I am mightily pleased.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd
Love this cd, great tracks throughout, now one of my favourite Shelby Lynne cds. Interesting artist and i will start checking out more of her work
Published 14 months ago by peter collins
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I bought this album because I was so impressed with Shelby Lynne's 'Temptation' album. For me there's no comparison. Read more
Published on 6 July 2011 by James H
5.0 out of 5 stars Alabama-Influenced Country Soul
With a great sassy voice, this album by the Virginia-born singer-songwriter ranks up with the best soulful material of Carole King. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2011 by www.top-tunes.info
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing
After heaving read the raving reviews and after hearing "Lies etc." and "Little Lovin'" I was slightly disappointed by the poppy character of this one. Still, plenty of good songs. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by voyager12
5.0 out of 5 stars one more time with genuine feeling
shelby has a stupendous voice and writes great songs - i have no idea why i didn't have any of her CDs before - she is fantastic - the CD of dusty springfield inspired songs is... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by Jon A. Crowcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Shelby
From the thunderous opening of Your Lies to the calm after many storms of Black Light Blue, this 1999 release is one of the most varied, musically eclectic albums by anyone I`ve... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2010 by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful! Dont Buy 'This Is Shelby Lynne'
I bought the above years ago and it was awful. Because of the similar titles I purchased the wrong album. It put me off some one I considered over hyped. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Pj Beirne
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This album did not come out of my cd player for about two months when it was first released.

I saw Shelby on TOTP2, (Your Lies) then TFI Friday, (I'm Leaving) (both... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2007 by Musicman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Not to be confused with the 'Epic' label compilation 'This Is Shelby Lynne', THIS is the real deal. There is not one filler track on this, and the CD fully deserves all the awards... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2006 by Edward Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Months spent well...
From the cover photo of this album, with the blue-eyed stare you get the impression this lady is going to take none of anybody's crap! Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2003 by Milt Ingarfield
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