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Identity Crisis
Shelby Lynne
Identity Crisis
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Shelby Lynne wrote, sang, produced, and played all the guitar parts on her mellow, moody, and sonically stripped-down eighth album, Identity Crisis. Surely the title ironically refers to Lynne's eclectic career itself rath...  more »


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All Artists: Shelby Lynne
Title: Identity Crisis
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 1/1/2003
Re-Release Date: 9/16/2003
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Today's Country, Contemporary Folk, Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative, Folk Rock, Roots Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724359050829, 724359050850, 724359294827, 724359450629

Shelby Lynne wrote, sang, produced, and played all the guitar parts on her mellow, moody, and sonically stripped-down eighth album, Identity Crisis. Surely the title ironically refers to Lynne's eclectic career itself rather than this slow-burning, excellent album, with its lyrics so personal and honest, one feels like a voyeur at times. Identity sounds like a living room session; the demos made for the big album before the hot-shot producer came in and ruined everything. Lynne's voice is as relaxed, assured, and richly emotive as ever, buoyed by acoustic bass and guitars, electric piano, and minimal percussion. Notable deviations from the candlelit vibe include the mid-tempo rocker "Gotta Be Better" (which sounds like PJ Harvey jamming with X), the gospel chorus that peaks through on "10 Rocks" (the record's sole hokey tune), and of course "Lonesome" (a gorgeous old school Nashville-sheen tune that expertly evokes Patsy and Kitty with multi-tracked vocals and sweeping strings). The story goes that a lengthy phone conversation with Willie Nelson led to the lovely, uplifting last tune, "One With The Sun." Which is cool, because if this album is reminiscent of anybody, it's Nelson ca. Red Headed Stranger --Mike McGonigal

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A Return to Form
Larry White | | 11/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a huge relief. After her last record 'Love, Shelby'(following on the heels of her Grammy-winning 'I Am Shelby Lynne'), we thought we had lost her. She certainly had lost us. Everything about that cd was wrong, from her sex-kitten poses on the covers (well, maybe not that wrong), to the mediocre material, to the strident and overbearing production by 'hit-maker' Glen Ballard, who mistook Shelby for Alanis. Now with a new record company (which, along with the insinuating title of the current cd, leads us to believe that her last effort was not all her doing) and with herself at the creative controls, Lynne has made a very successful return to form. The songs, all written by Lynne, are tuneful and personal. Her honey and grits vocals are mixed up-front, so she feels like she's in the room. Her versatility is demonstrated with bits of rock, country, blues, gospel and, of course, those heart-tugging ballads. Confoundingly, with her 'Identity Crisis', Shelby Lynne seems to have hit her stride. If so, her future bodes even better."
Shelby returns to her strengths
Karl Miller | Phoenixville, PA United States | 09/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thank heaven this album is more "I Am Shelby Lynn" than "Love, Shelby".
Working with Glenn Ballard (Alannis's producer) was such a crucial miscalculation - and probably took a lot of steam out of what was a career height in the wake of Shelby's Grammy winning "I Am.." project. Here, Shelby returns to her strengths - serious Memphis-style soul, country ballads that ache and uplift, and instrumentation that accompanies, rather than drowns out that gorgeous voice.
You can't help but clap along with "10 Rocks", the best song on this disc - it's a Shelby written original (all of this disc was written and produced by Shelby), a gospel tinges blues number that features some awesome piano playing by Billy Payne of Little Feet. "Lonesome" is the closest thing you will get nowadays to the kind of music Patsy Cline used to perform (take a hint, Leanne Rimes). And the hushed sounds of two beautiful songs "If I Were Smart" and "I Don't Think So" are strong statements on the power and emotion that Shelby pours into her vocals.
It's great to have this wonderful singer back doing the kind of music that fits her voice - and it is clear that the "Identity Crisis" that her last album represented has been resolved favorably."
Absolutely Brilliant!! Shelby at her BEST!!
James K. Power | North Bergen, NJ USA | 09/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Shelby has returned with THE perfect album to demonstrate her range and versatility as an artist! From the first listen, songs such as '10 Rocks', 'Gonna Be Better', 'Lonesome', and 'Baby', just reach out and grab the listener! The way she blends influences as diverse as gospel, country, rock, folk, and even Sinatra ('I Will Stay' is right out of his early Capitol years), is astonishing and seemingly effortless in her hands.She has basically no peers for what she does - and when she's ON she's ON - and this album may be her best to date. If you liked the diversity of 'This is Shelby', you'll love this CD!!"