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Step Inside This House
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Lovett puts down his pen and applauds the work of fellow Texas songsmiths on this inviting dissection of his musical influences. Buttressed by the fluid work of acoustic pickers such as Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush, Lovett a... more »
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Lovett puts down his pen and applauds the work of fellow Texas songsmiths on this inviting dissection of his musical influences. Buttressed by the fluid work of acoustic pickers such as Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush, Lovett attaches his uptown drawl to the works of writers including Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, and Michael Martin Murphy as well as to a pair of Lone Star traditionals. Disc 2 is dedicated to two of Lovett's biggest mentors, Walter Hyatt and Townes Van Zandt. --Marc Greilsamer
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Even if you hate country you will love this album!
Darren Burton | Ogden, Utah United States | 11/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up on twangy country since this is what my dad listened to and generally despised country music in general because of this. But after hearing the clever lyrics of "Here I am" I decided to check Lyle Lovett out. I picked up The Road to Ensenada and became converted. Step Inside This House was the second CD I bought on blind faith and I became a lifelong fan. I now have 5 Lyle Lovett albums and plan on buying all the others, since I have never been disappointed with any of them so far. This CD is unusual in that Lyle Lovett didn't write any of the songs. (He usually writes the majority of the material on his albums). Lyle has picked these songs and they are excellent. But he has also done something that I have never seen anywhere else, he shares the glory with the songwriters. On ever page with the lyrics he has a picture of himself and the songwriter. I think this is a very cool thing to do. Most perfomers use songs written by other people and hide the credit in the small print in the CD booklet. I have also converted several friends that hate country music into diehard Lyle Lovett fans. Check it out!"
It grows on you
Zack Handlen | Lewiston, ME United States | 01/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest, when I first bought this album, it wasn't an immediate favorite of mine. I'm a big Lyle Lovett fan, and I generally buy all the albums of artists I especially admire; this doesn't mean, however, that I truly enjoy every album, and at first, Step Inside this House seemed to me a pleasant, but uninteresting diversion. None of the songs were written by Lovett himself, and that bothered me; and I'd never actually heard of any of the writers. However, time has changed my opinion, and it's now a treasured part of my collection. Lovett's voice is perfect for these songs, reserved and melancholy and drier than the most arid of deserts; and the songs themselves are real treats. I enjoy the "Texas Trilogy", and the title track is wonderful. I could go on and take apart each song in turn, but why waste the time- if you like Lyle Lovett, or good music, step inside this house, and treat yourself to a wonderful time."
Lovett tribute to Texas songwriters
Matthew Parks | DURHAM, NC USA | 10/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For the most part, Lovett's versions of these songs by out-of-the-pop-mainstream Texas songwriters are so faithful to the originals that this CD often sounds as much like an advertisement for these writers' work as it does a Lyle Lovett album, particularly those songs written by Lovett's two biggest influences--the late Walter Hyatt and the late Townes Van Zandt. That being said, if you like Lyle Lovett at all, or are at least passingly familiar with any of the songwriters on this disc (also included are Steven Fromholz, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Michael Martin Murphy, Willis Allen Ramsey, Vince Bell, David Rodriquez, and Eric Taylor), I can't imagine that you wouldn't really enjoy this album. This glimpse of Lovett's musical roots displays the bipolar nature of his great career, gravitating back and forth between gentle Texas folk and the ambiant bravado of a stripped-down version of Western Swing. Highlights include the title track, written by Guy Clark, "Bears" and "Texas Trilogy," both from Fromholz, the Van Zandt classics "Highway Kind" and "Flyin' Shoes," and every Hyatt song Lovett attempts."