Smile: Songs from the Movies

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On Smile, Lyle goes Hollywood -- not with a collection of new original songs but rather with a dozen cuts he's done for recent films. Leaning towards American pop songbook classics -- the ideal vehicle for his restrained expressiveness -- the sometimes actor serves up a feisty, playful take on Nat King Cole's "Straighten Up and Fly Right"; a warm reading of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies"; a saloon-style blues turn on "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You"; and a beguilingly orchestrated, decidedly sinister arrangement of "Moritat Mack the Knife," with producer Mark Isham adding evocative support via steely, muted trumpet lines. A duet with Randy Newman on the latter's whimsical, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On Smile, Lyle goes Hollywood -- not with a collection of new original songs but rather with a dozen cuts he's done for recent films. Leaning towards American pop songbook classics -- the ideal vehicle for his restrained expressiveness -- the sometimes actor serves up a feisty, playful take on Nat King Cole's "Straighten Up and Fly Right"; a warm reading of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies"; a saloon-style blues turn on "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You"; and a beguilingly orchestrated, decidedly sinister arrangement of "Moritat Mack the Knife," with producer Mark Isham adding evocative support via steely, muted trumpet lines. A duet with Randy Newman on the latter's whimsical, old-timey tune, "You've Got a Friend in Me," featured in Toy Story, is a nice change of pace. The gently swaying folk-rock of Bob Seger's "Till It Shines," from the 1999 film Mumford, gets a lift from Keb' Mo''s gritty exposition of lyrics expressing hope within a plea for salvation. The disc concludes with two powerful gospel numbers produced by and featuring George Duke. "Pass Me Not," from Leap of Faith, builds to a slow boil, thanks to a gospel chorus featuring the great Francine Reed, who takes a Mahalia-like solo that lays waste to all the sinners, and the roaring "I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord," from Robert Duvall's The Apostle, which is fueled by frenetic hand clapping, incessant foot stomping, and rousing call-and-response parts by Lovett and a formidable backing choir that includes Sweet Pea Atkinson. Smile is a spirited collection exploring a fascinating sideline to Lyle Lovett's extensive career.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since The Road to Ensenada in 1996, Lyle Lovett has released a collection of covers in 1998, a live album in 1999, a predominately instrumental soundtrack in 2000, and now, in 2003, Smile, a collection of songs he recorded for movie soundtracks between 1992 and 2002. None of these were on his official albums and none of them are originals meaning that it's been nearly seven years since he's released a collection of new songs; this may or may not be a sign of writer's block. Most are covers of pop standards, with a couple of R&B and gospel standards thrown in for good measure the one contemporary tune is "You've Got a Friend in Me," the Randy Newman duet from Toy Story. All are given perfectly tasteful, perfectly pleasant Large Band-styled arrangements; they're very faithful to the songs yet are styled to Lovett's idiosyncratic delivery. Overall, it's a nice listen and it's nice for collectors to get these all tunes in one place, but it's not essential and it's hard not to wish that Lovett would just finally do an album of new material already.
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  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811318420
  • Catalog Number: 113184

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lyle Lovett Primary Artist
Mark Isham Trumpet
John Tropea Guitar
Randy Newman Piano, Harmonium
Michael Davis Trombone
George Duke Piano
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
David Mann Alto Saxophone
Rob Mounsey Piano, Conductor
Matt Rollings Piano
Sweet Pea Atkinson Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Abe Appleman Violin
Laval Belle Drums
Sir Harry Bowens Vocals
Larry Campbell Pedal Steel Guitar
Everett Drake Vocals
Lawrence Feldman Tenor Saxophone
Crystal Garner Viola
Mark Goldenberg Guitar
William "Bill" Greene Vocals
Ray Herndon Guitar
Kenneth Hitchcock Tenor Saxophone
David Hungate Guitar
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
James Hynes Trumpet
Viktor Krauss Bass
Russ Kunkel Drums
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Ann Leathers Violin
John Leftwich Bass
Kenny Malone Drums
Nancy McAlhany Violin
Reggie McBride Bass
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Jan Mullen Violin
Dean Parks Electric Guitar
Shawn Pelton Drums
Sue Pray Viola
Francine Reed Vocals
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Kevin Savigar Hammond Organ
Andy Snitzer Alto Saxophone
Donna Tecco Violin
David Tofani Tenor Saxophone
Keb' Mo' Acoustic Guitar
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Pat Bergeson Guitar
Joellen R. Friedkin Piano
Gabe Witcher Violin
Steve Jordan Drums
Laura Hamilton Violin
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Mark Isham Arranger, Producer
Irving Berlin Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Lyle Lovett Producer
Randy Newman Composer
George Duke Producer
Jeremy Lubbock Orchestration
Rob Mounsey Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Matt Rollings Producer
Irving Mills Composer
Don Redman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer, Producer
Elliot Lurie Producer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Rob Eaton Engineer
Ross Hogarth Producer
Stephen Krause Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Henry Mayer Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Bob Seger Composer
Allen Sides Engineer
Russ Titelman Producer
Don Was Producer
Tim Rice Composer
Geoff Parsons Composer
John Turner Composer
Tim Stedman Art Direction
Fanny Crosby Composer
Hans Bradtke Composer
Billy Williams & Choir Producer
Traditional Composer
W.H. Doane Composer
Heinz Meir Composer
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