Lyle's last album (of his own songs) was so similar to the previous one I could barely tell them apart so I only listened to it a couple of times. Seemed a bit of a waste of money. Then Lyle cancelled his UK tour and I wasted more money on the hotel I'd booked... The reason cited for the cancellation was that it clashed with his recording schedule. If that's true then presumably this is what he was recording when he should've been entertaining me in person. So it had better be good!
It starts well enough with the big band sound of Tickle Toe. Takes you back to the other Large Band album. But it's weird: you never hear that sound again, so why on earth is it there? It doesn't fit.
The rest of the album is standard Lovett, with bits from several albums of the past decade or so. It's almost like a bunch of songs that never made it onto those other albums because they weren't quite good enough.
Not that (in isolation) this is a bad collection of songs. It isn't. He does a decent job of the somewhat repetitive part-traditional 'I Will Rise Up/Ain't No More Cane', helped by his usual rather good backing singers. Unfortunately we get this song again later on.
There are a bunch of croaked quiet songs like `Don't Cry a Tear' that sound awfully similar to many other LL songs but not as good. There's a weird song about slapping babies that surely belongs on the I Love Everybody album. Brazos abound as usual (what on earth are they?), there's the usual track that begins with something about it being Saturday and coffee being on (not again!) and they're all nicely done and well, pretty much as you'd expect.
The trouble is that nothing stands out except the baby-slapping song. There's no 'If I Had a Boat', no 'Pontiac', no 'M-O-N-E-Y'. Has Lyle run out of tunes? I think he has.