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Shelby Lynne - Suit Yourself

Suit Yourself

Shelby Lynne

Capitol 7087 8191292

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

I'm not going to espouse, as so many seem to be tripping over themselves to do, that 'Suit Yourself' is the be all and end all. In fact, back in the day, it would be considered a pretty good sounding bootleg and not an artistic and production risk as it's being hailed. Balancing low profile recording with a handful of musicians, including Heartbreaker's keyboardist Benmont Tench; former Wallflower guitarist Michael Ward and engineer/bassist Brian Harrison, with her emotions in full flare, producer Lynne takes the sparse, demo approach, giving the listener the overall sense of being there as the music is made.

Sounding at times like a down home Norah Jones and at other times like a second cousin to Sheryl Crow might be Lynn suiting herself, but where it leaves her avid followers is another matter entirely. Highlight tracks include the yearning I Cry Everyday; the upbeat finger flip You Don't Have A Heart; Tony Joe White's aching Old Time's Sake; I Won't Die Alone; and my favorite track Johnny Met June, a tribute to love between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, conveying the strength of love not only through the ages but into the afterlife. A not so highlight is Track 12 which the listener will recognize as Tony Joe's classic A Rainy Night in Georgia done here as languid filler.

Track List:

  • Go With It
  • Where Am I Now
  • I Cry Everyday
  • You're The Man
  • Old Time's Sake
  • I Won't Die Alone
  • You and We
  • Johnny Met June
  • You Don't Have A Heart
  • Iced Tea
  • Sleep
  • Track 12
Produced by Shelby Lynne

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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