"It's Been Awhile For Lyle" NY Post features Lyle Lovett's "Release Me"
The New York Post recently reviewed Lyle's latest album "Release Me"
After nearly 25 years at Curb Records, Lyle Lovett's last album for his longtime label is a kitchen-sink CD featuring a little of everything. With both covers and originals, the music does stylistic flips form the blue and funk to country swing. And if you don't believe Lovett's emptied the cupboard for this contract finale, there's even a couple of Christmas tunes.
The common thread in the disjointed but fun record is Lovett's clever wordplay in his own songs and the double meaning layered in the songs he chose to cover. One spin of the title track, "Release Me," says it all. On this piece the tall-haired Texan floats the well- worn lyrics. "Please release me, let me go" on fiddles, with a soft leather-dry West Texas drawl. With K.D. Lang's background harmonies, it's sweet, but there's no mistaking that this version is about finding freedom rather than losing love.
Lovett, now a musical free agent, nails the nobody's- the boss- of- me- attitude with a slow-poke cover of Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man." The tune's opening line, "Arrested on charges of unemployment, he was sitting on the witness stand" finds Lovett looking ahead at not working for the label.
For the New York Post's full review, go to NYPost.Com