Release Me by Lyle Lovett

If Lyle’s disinclination toward mainstream country-star status wasn’t evident from his urbane, tailored suits and tousled, upside-down-cake hairdo, his 25-year recorded output clearly shows that the Texas-bred stylist can’t be lassoed into a single category. When he feels a country song coming on, though, he delivers. Singing the title track with k.d. lang—easily his unconventional equal—Lyle presents the ’60s-era classic in brisk, honky-tonk fashion, taking refreshing liberties with its chorus melody and making breaking up sound easy to do. Elsewhere, he rides horses of a different hue. 

Closing his long run with Curb Records, Lyle cleans out his sizeable influence closet with offerings ranging from 1920s blues and horn-fueled R&B to a wholly original, rural-sounding take on Chuck Berry’s chugging “Brown Eyed Handsome Man.” This, his most far-ranging covers set to date (augmented by a pair of emotionally contrasting originals, one culled from his 2011 holiday EP), won’t take longtime fans by surprise: Release Me provides a clear picture of Lovett’s stylistic bedrock, and reminds that he’s stood steadfast upon it all along.

Comments

Recent Music Posts More

More News

Rising stars shined at special Opry show to kick off Country Radio Seminar.
Our 10 favorite moments from the “Drinking Class” singer’s milestone show.
The band goes all in on country music’s big decade, including the fashion and hair.
Group started the Van Stephenson fund in 2006 to honor a founding band member who lost his battle with cancer.