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Love, Shelby (International Version)
 
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Love, Shelby (International Version)

14 July 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Release Date: 14 July 2009
  • Label: Mercury Records Limited
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 42:06
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  • ASIN: B001KQPI00
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
As the follow up to the exceptional 'I am Shelby Lynne' this album was always going to have a hard time living up to the expectations that would inevitibly be generated by having such a tough act to follow. Judged aginst the bench mark set by its illustrious predecessor (remember, it won Lynne a Grammy as Best New Artist a decade into her recording career)'Love, Shelby' will be no doubt be reviewed negatively by some.
However, as an album in its own right it is an extremely accomplished piece of work, as you would expect from Lynne and her main collaborator Glen Ballard.
Yes, it is a move towards the mainstream, but the album still manages to stand head and shoulders over any other female singer/songwriter collection released this year. Lynne's voice is so strong and so unique and her character so firmly imprinted on all of her recordings that she would manage to overcome even the most bland of material - an accusation that could not be levelled at any of these tracks.
From the opening track to the album's stunning finale, a cover of Lennon's 'Mother', Lynne weaves her wondrous voice through rock (see Jesus on a Greyhound which builds to a stirring crescendo), country, ballads and even Phil Spector-tinged pop (the excellent Killin' Kind).
It is, of course, always a daring move to interpret a John Lennon track - there is no more sacred a cow in the business - but Lynne more than succeeds with her version of Mother - made all the more poignant when listened to with some knowledge of her past.
Quite often when an artist is coasting on the success of an album there is an overwhelming temptation to become a little self indulgent on subsequent collections - witness the recent dissapointing sophomore effort from Macy Gray. Howver, Lynne steers well clear of this pit-fall and has delivered ten tracks that never waver in quality throughout.
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Considering how long i've been listening to her last album, it was kinda hard to imagine Shelby Lynne teaming up with Glenn Ballard, of all people. I'm not sure what i expected of this album, but I can say it wasn't disappointing. Just different. I listened to it comparing it to This Is.... just because i loved that so much, and that was where this whole style started out.
I think the thing that hit you about This Is... was that every song hit you every time you heard it - especially Your Lies. As an opener, Trust Me is completely different; all soft spoken intro that gets louder later... Bend is very much in the vein of Thought it Would be Easier musically, but the lyrics are waaay less depressing.
I never actually thought that This Is... was similar to Sheryl Crow, despite the fact that that was the comparison made most often - but a couple of songs on Love, Shelby did remind me of Sheryl's self-titled album, and Jesus on a Greyhound was one of them (it does have to vye with Tarpoleon Napoleon for weirdest title on the album). It reminded me of Maybe Angels, i think; a rocky number with seriously strange lyrics...
Wall In Your Heart is gorgeous, a ballard that benefits from the piano backing.... Ain't it the Truth, apart from having a staggering seven writers credited(!), is another track where the chorus reminded me of Sheryl Crow... this time it was Am I Getting Through from The Globe Sessions, but a little lighter...
I Can't Wait would have fitted on I Am... whereas some of the other tracks here wouldn't. Slightly mournful, wrapped up in lots of loud guitars that offset the lyrics a little...
Tarpoleon Napoleon (there are no lyrics included and i still have no idea what this title means!) is laid-back and jazz-influenced...
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The album has a mixture of styles, there's a strong Melissa Etheridge influence in many songs (Listed to 'Jesus on a Greyhound'; an amazing song!). I believe Shelly's is best when the song production is toned down to the minimum.

The album sounds crisp, as usual given that it is produced by Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill, amongst others) However, I believe the first song mislead the listener of what the record is all about, the rest of the album is much more soulful and true than that, this also applies to the closing number (her version of Lennon's song 'Mother') Which misses the point of interpreting its lyrics, this is a song that should be painful and it feels way too smooth to carry its sentiment.

This is the first Shelby record I got my hands into, and it gave me enough to grab another one; however, this is probably not the best record to start getting into her.

Let the music play!
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this one was not for me i had put my copy in the not for me section. if your a shelby fan you will like it !!
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