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.
Performance CreditsLyle 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 CreditsLyle Lovett Producer
Tony Brown Producer
Willie Pevear Engineer
Steve Tillisch Engineer
Ron Treat Engineer
Simon Levy Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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!