Shelby Lynne – Tears, Lies and Alibis

January 01, 1970

(Everso)

 

www.shelbylynne.com

 

Talk about
starting out with a bang. When Grammy Award-winning singer Shelby Lynne
releases her eleventh album – Tears, Lies
and Alibis
– this week it will be on her own label Everso Records.

 

“The goal
on this record was to start writing and recording my own songs,” she told Blurt. “Last time [Just a Little Lovin’] was a covers
record. Those are fine but you can’t do too many of those or you turn into a
human karaoke machine.”

 

Although that
2008 collection of Dusty Springfield covers was well received, expect this
latest offering to receive a heap of critical and popular acclaim because,  sans label,
Lynne is finally able to do what she’s wanted all these years – be herself.

 

Taking
interesting wordplay and stories that she’s gathered during the past few years,
Lynne serves up a gem of an album with songs like “Loser Dreamer” –
taken from a friend’s description of how a former girlfriend views him – and
“Rains Came” – about Southern California
storms. Press reports note that “Like A Fool” has already been
slotted for use on the Lifetime series Army
Wives
.

 

Don’t expect a
lot of lush orchestration and wailing guitar in these offerings. The guitars,
percussion and other instrumentation are rich but in every song the vocals are
way out front.

 

That’s just what
Lynne wanted.

 

“The lyrics
to the songs are very important to me,” said Lynne, who also produced the
record. “Simplicity is the most attractive thing you can have in a song. I
like big production and lots of are fine as long as you can hear the
lyrics…This is my most unfancy record ever.”

 

Standout Tracks: “Alibi,” “Rains
Came.” NANCY DUNHAM

 

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