I Love Everybody

I Love Everybody

by Lyle Lovett
     
 

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Lyle Lovett's 1992 album, Joshua Judges Ruth, was a highly ambitious project for the Texas-born singer/songwriter -- perhaps too ambitious, since despite the album's beautiful surfaces, the results simply weren't especially absorbing. Released in 1994, I Love Everybody seemed to find Lovett taking a step back -- it consists of 18 tunes Lovett had writtenSee more details below

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Lyle Lovett's 1992 album, Joshua Judges Ruth, was a highly ambitious project for the Texas-born singer/songwriter -- perhaps too ambitious, since despite the album's beautiful surfaces, the results simply weren't especially absorbing. Released in 1994, I Love Everybody seemed to find Lovett taking a step back -- it consists of 18 tunes Lovett had written prior to the recording of his first album -- but for the most part it succeeds where Joshua Judges Ruth disappoints, largely because the songs offer enough changeups to keep the listener engaged at all times. Also, for a set of tunes that were apparent leftovers, the writing on I Love Everybody is startlingly strong, from the saucy "Hello Grandma" and "Record Lady" to the stark and edgy storytelling of "I Think You Know What I Mean" and "The Fat Girl." The album also offers up plenty of Lovett's trademark dour humor and playfully sinister undertones; the title song was originally intended to be "Creeps Like Me," and it's hard to decide if one should laugh or frown in disgust while listening to it. And like Joshua Judges Ruth, I Love Everybody is dominated by clean, stripped-down arrangements and transparent production, but the players bring a lot more spirit and swing to these sessions (top honors go to bassist John Leftwich and drummer Russ Kunkel, a superb and soulful acoustic rhythm section), and the dynamics bring more drama to the performances rather than weighing them down. I Love Everybody is just eccentric enough to be best recommended to folks already familiar with Lovett's work, but anyone attuned to his sensibility will find plenty to enjoy here -- and a little to make you a shade uncomfortable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/1994
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811080846
catalogNumber:
10808

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lyle Lovett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Walter Hyatt   Background Vocals
Leo Kottke   Background Vocals
Eric Taylor   Background Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Bass,Upright Bass
Rickie Lee Jones   Background Vocals
Willis Alan Ramsey   Background Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals
Sid Page   Violin,Concert Master
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
William "Bill" Greene   Background Vocals
John Hagen   Cello,Background Vocals
Jim Kerr   Background Vocals
Nathaniel Kunkel   Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
John Leftwich   Bass
Mark O'Connor   Violin
Claudia Parducci   Violin,Background Vocals
Herb Pedersen   Background Vocals
Barbara Porter   Violin
Julia Roberts   Background Vocals
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Daniel Smith   Cello
Willie Green   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Lt. Col. L.H. "Bucky" Burruss   Background Vocals
Paul Halperin   Background Vocals
Ken Levitan   Background Vocals
Steve Richards   Cello
Gil Morales   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Edgar Meyer   String Arrangements
Lyle Lovett   Producer
Billy Williams   Producer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Tim Stedman   Art Direction
Jonas Livingston   Art Direction
Gil Morales   Engineer

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