by Lyle Lovett
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In 1987, Lyle Lovett was a quizzical figure that Nashville couldn't quite fathom. He wore a dark business suit and tie instead of sprayed-on jeans and a hat, employed a jazzy horn section instead of fiddles, and as for that "Eraserhead" haircut -- well, who in Nashville knew what the hell "Eraserhead" was? PONTIAC, like its predecessor, LYLE LOVETT, was greeted with a collective Music City shrug, yet the rest of the world slowly caught on, thanks to Lovett's genre-bending material, which is by turns sly, ironic, and unsettlingly direct. Few performers could turn a topic such as a wedding that ends in double murder or a surreal seagoing horseback rider to their advantage, but that's what Lovett accomplishes on "L.A. County" and "If I Had a Boat," respectively. While "She's No Lady" and "She's Hot to Go" earned Lovett charges of misogyny, the songs are at least as self-deprecating as they are chauvinistic. Few, however, could miss the humor of "Give Back My Heart" or the grim minimalism of the title track. PONTIAC is one of several first-rate Lovett albums, but it's the one that first made plain his unique wit and ear.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0076744202826
catalogNumber: 42028

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lyle Lovett   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals,Background Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Bass,Double Bass
Matt Rollings   Synthesizer,Piano,DX-7
Billy Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Hagen   Cello
Ray Herndon   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Marsh   Saxophone
Matt McKenzie   Bass
Francine Reed   Vocals,Background Vocals
J. David Sloan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Harry Stinson   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lyle Lovett   Producer
Tony Brown   Producer
Willie Pevear   Engineer
Steve Tillisch   Engineer
Ron Treat   Engineer
Simon Levy   Art Direction

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Pontiac 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album has a wonderful collection of Mr. Lovett's story telling style! You will become a fan! This is the first album of his that I purchased - just the start of many!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Lovett CD I ever heard..a restaurant was playing it. I fell in love with it and made the owner tell me who was singing. This remains one of my favs even though I now own all Lyle's music!