Natural Forces

Natural Forces

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by Lyle Lovett
     
 
Retreating to generally quieter territory after the somewhat splashy It's Not Big It's Large, Lyle Lovett also backs away from original tunes on Natural Forces, choosing to devote the bulk of the 11-track album to other writers. Covers are common for Lovett, but not since 1998's Step Inside This House has he spent so much time singing other's

Overview

Retreating to generally quieter territory after the somewhat splashy It's Not Big It's Large, Lyle Lovett also backs away from original tunes on Natural Forces, choosing to devote the bulk of the 11-track album to other writers. Covers are common for Lovett, but not since 1998's Step Inside This House has he spent so much time singing other's songs, and he revisits some of the same composers as before, picking tunes from Townes Van Zandt and Vince Bell, while co-writing "It's Rock and Roll" with Robert Earl Keen. As before, Lyle gravitates toward gentle, moody songs, with Tommy Elskes' slyly sarcastic blues, "Bohemia," being the liveliest of the bunch, opting to give Natural Forces some humor and tempo through his originals, particularly the bawdy, rollicking "Pantry" and the dirty jump blues "Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel." These aren't scattered throughout the record, they act as anchors to a record that wanders down its own quiet, idiosyncratic path, grounding the album and keeping things amiably unpredictable.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
Label:
Lost Highway
UPC:
0602527121994
catalogNumber:
001317402
Rank:
42207

Tracks

  1. Natural Forces  - Lyle Lovett
  2. Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel  - Lyle Lovett
  3. Pantry  - Lyle Lovett
  4. Empty Blue Shoes  - Lyle Lovett
  5. Whooping Crane  - Lyle Lovett
  6. Bayou Song  - Lyle Lovett
  7. Bohemia  - Lyle Lovett
  8. Don't You Think I Feel It Too  - Lyle Lovett
  9. Sun and Moon and Stars  - Lyle Lovett
  10. Loretta  - Lyle Lovett
  11. It's Rock and Roll  - Lyle Lovett
  12. Pantry  - Lyle Lovett

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lyle Lovett   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano,Background Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Viktor Krauss   Bass,Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Drums,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Keith Sewell   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

David Ball   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tommy Elskes   Composer
Robert Earl Keen   Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Vince Bell   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Don Sanders   Composer
April Kimble   Composer
April Kimble   Composer
Don Sanders   Composer

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Natural Forces 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TexasTea More than 1 year ago
Lyle does it again with his ability and performance. His humor shines with Pantry and Choke your chicken. His tribute to the armed forces in Natural Forces is well done. After two or three listens, these tracks get into your soul. Would write more but got to go look for a whooping crane.
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