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Only two Lyle Lovett originals appear here: the seasonal "The Girl with the Holiday Smile" and the piano-and-violin tune "Night's Lullaby" with Nickel Creek's Sara and Sean Watkins providing glorious harmonies. Lovett’s too much of a perfectionist to allow a tune he doesn't wholeheartedly believe in to make it to a record. Here, he searched through his favorites and came up with the country classic "Release Me," working it into a duet with k.d. lang. Frank Loesser's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is given a sympathetic vocal turn with Austin musician Kat Edmonson playing Lovett's foil. "Dress of Laces" was once performed by Nanci Griffith with Lovett on harmony, so here Lovett enlists Sara Watkins to fulfill the song's chilling melody. Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" is slowed to a western lope, with the electric guitar offering the feeling that the townspeople are watching very carefully. Lovett skirts many styles here, but he's at his best when he fingerpicks a ballad; "Understand You" is a tune that doesn't allow a dry eye in the house.

Customer Reviews


My new favorite!! Can't wait for you to come back to the Majestic and play 'em live!!!

One of the Greats

Over 25 years of stellar songwriting, and still cranking them out. Also a great voice and great arrangements.
Started listening to Lyle as a kid, and my taste in music has changed so much over the years, but he's remained a staple. Another amazing record with some instant favorites, and others I'll probably appreciate more as time goes by.

OK +

Dress of Laces and Understand You = greatness! No one does slow like LL. The rest is OK....


Born: November 1, 1957 in Klein, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the '80s. Though he was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him. Lovett had more in common with '70s singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Randy Newman, and Townes Van Zandt, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Lovett's literate, multi-layered songs...
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