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Release Me

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Some 27 years after Lyle Lovett signed with Curb Records he brings the association to an end with Release Me, a collection of covers and oddities to usher the singer out of his contract. Lyle makes no bones about his departure, not with the album's title or its cover of Lovett tied up in a lariat, but for as misshapen and wooly as it is, Release Me actually doesn't play like a contractual obligation. Sure, Lovett may have only two writing credits among these 14 songs and both of the cuts are holiday tunes, but the appeal of Release Me is that it's decidedly messier than Lyle has allowed himself to be on record. And it's a mess with purpose, too: the album ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Some 27 years after Lyle Lovett signed with Curb Records he brings the association to an end with Release Me, a collection of covers and oddities to usher the singer out of his contract. Lyle makes no bones about his departure, not with the album's title or its cover of Lovett tied up in a lariat, but for as misshapen and wooly as it is, Release Me actually doesn't play like a contractual obligation. Sure, Lovett may have only two writing credits among these 14 songs and both of the cuts are holiday tunes, but the appeal of Release Me is that it's decidedly messier than Lyle has allowed himself to be on record. And it's a mess with purpose, too: the album touches upon nearly every style Lovett has tried on since he signed with Curb in 1985, so it's a summation yet it lacks pretension. His good humor is evident throughout, surfacing not only on the randy good humor of "The Girl with the Holiday Smile," but infusing the rollicking, loose-limbed rhythms of the rest of the record. There are a handful of slower, contemplative moments, but Release Me is an unquestioned celebration where the blues are the soundtrack for a good time and Chuck Berry's "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" is slowed down to a knowing, soulful crawl. There's an ease to Release Me that's utterly charming -- Lovett is relaxing into the songs and sounds he loves, and he hasn't sounded like so much fun in years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602527907864
  • Catalog Number: 001638602
  • Sales rank: 10,395

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lyle Lovett Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Sam Bush Mandolin
Matt Rollings Piano
Mitch Watkins Electric Guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson Vocal Harmony
Sir Harry Bowens Vocal Harmony
Luke Bulla Fiddle, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim Cox Piano
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
John Hagen Cello
Ray Herndon Electric Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Viktor Krauss Bass
Russ Kunkel Drums
k.d. lang Vocals
Steve Marsh Alto Saxophone
Dean Parks Electric Guitar
Buck Reid Steel Guitar
Charles Rose Trombone
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Arnold McCuller Vocal Harmony
Leland Sklar Bass
Keith Sewell Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sara Watkins Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Sean Watkins Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Kat Edmonson Vocals
Vincent Ciesielski Trumpet
Willie Greene Jr. Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Eric Taylor Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Lyle Lovett Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jesse Winchester Composer
Michael Franks Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Luke Bulla Arranger
Jim Cox Arranger
John Grimaudo Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel Producer, Engineer
Charles Rose Horn Arrangements
Doug Sax Mastering
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Martin Luther Composer
Tim Stedman Art Direction
Keith Sewell Arranger
Robert Yount Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Traditional Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Saylor White Composer
Lyn Moncrief Documentation
James Pebworth Composer
Randall Paris Dark Documentation
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