Lyle Lovett – Release Me

January 01, 1970

(Curb)

 

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Texas song stylist Lyle Lovett has been notably long-faced about
having to have spent his entire 27 years in the recording biz on one label,
Curb. So much so that with his 11th contract- fulfilling album, Lovett appears
on its cover barbed and tied and rounds out his days with Curb singing the
schmaltzy Engelbert Humperdinck chestnut title tune with bravura (and k.d. lang
by his side).

 

Though there is the filler of some
Christmas tunes he did last year and a klatch of covers to go with his fleeting
few originals, Release Me doesn’t
come across as begrudging filler. Instead the always underestimated interpreter
takes on Martin Luther’s Protestant hymn “Keep Us Steadfast” with honest
holy joy, his own “The Girl with the Holiday Smile” with dippy aplomb, and
Chuck Berry’s “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man” with a wry sexy slipperiness
(“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” gets the same salacious sway with his twang on full
display).

 

The entire affair is more open,
relaxed and loose than he’s ever been on record, qualities that appear easily
and readily during his live shows. If getting out of a contract sounds so good
on Lovett here’s opening he signs and leaves his next label toot sweet.

 

 

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