Shelby Lynne — the singer/songwriter whose rootsy and rockin’ but melodic and confessional 2000 album I Am Shelby Lynne has become a classic of the Americana/AltCountry genre — is a bit worried about her latest release, Tears, Lies and Alibis.
The songs have a poetically observational precision that she takes care not to bury with too much production or overly loud singing.
The uncluttered, analog-recorded result works smashingly — compositions like “Rains Came,” “Why Didn’t You Call Me,” “Something to Be Said” and “Loser Dreamer” have an introspective dreaminess to them, even when they rock, that allows them to float along on their quietly pleasurable melodies.
But she fears she’s going against the tide. Shelby Lynne plays the Southgate House tonight. Go here to read Steve Rosen's full Sound Advice.