Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lyle Lovett released Natural Forces

Natural Forces

Lyle Lovett

Released: October 20, 2009

Peak: 29 US, 8 CW

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: alt-country/Americana


Song Title (Writers) [time]

  1. Natural Forces (Lyle Lovett) [5:40]
  2. Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel (Lovett, traditional) [4:03]
  3. Pantry (Lovett, April Kimble) [4:08]
  4. Empty Blue Shoes (Lovett) [2:58]
  5. Whooping Crane (Eric Taylor) [4:50]
  6. Bayou Song (Don Sanders) [4:05]
  7. Bohemia (Tommy Elskes) [3:18]
  8. Don’t You Think I Feel It Too (David Ball) [3:48]
  9. Sun and Moon and Stars (Vince Bell) [4:33]
  10. Loretta (Townes Van Zandt) [3:38]
  11. It’s Rock and Roll (Lovett, Robert Earl Keen) []
  12. Pantry (acoustic version) (Lovett, Kimble) [4:03]


2.986 out of 5.00 (average of 8 ratings)

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About the Album:

“Retreating to generally quieter territory after the somewhat splashy It’s Not Big It’s Large, Lyle Lovett also backs away from original tunes on Natural Forces, choosing to devote the bulk of the 11-track album to other writers. Covers are common for Lovett, but not since 1998’s Step Inside This House has he spent so much time singing other’s songs, and he revisits some of the same composers as before, picking tunes from Townes Van Zandt and Vince Bell.” AMG “Tommy Elskes’ slyly sarcastic blues, Bohemia,…[is] the liveliest of the bunch.” AMG

He does mix in some originals, including the title cut, It’s Rock and Roll, and “the bawdy, rollicking Pantry.” AMG The latter two are co-writes – the first with Robert Earl Keen and the second with longtime partner April Kimble.

As usual, he mixes “humor and tempo through his originals” AMG such as with “the dirty jump blues Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel.” The originals “act as anchors to a record that wanders down its own quiet, idiosyncratic path, grounding the album and keeping things amiably unpredictable.” AMG

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