Shelby Lynne

Love, Shelby

  • Island

Her brilliant breakthrough album I Am Shelby Lynne easily ranked among the best by anyone in 2000, and this follow-up further showcases the Grammy Award-winning Lynne as one of the finest female singers in rock, country, or for that matter, any other genre.

Love, Shelby has a slightly harder feel—no doubt linked to critically maligned, hit-making rock producer Glen Ballard. But that doesn't take anything away from the lusty cool grooves of “Bend,” the sultry southern-styled single “Wall in Your Heart,” or the jazz-tinged beauty “Tarpoleon Napoleon.” Other magnificent songs here include “Killin' Kind,” which previously appeared on the soundtrack for Bridget Jones's Diary, and the powerhouse ballad “I Can't Wait.” The album also includes a haunting version of John Lennon's “Mother,” made particularly poignant by the singer's own tragic background. When Lynne was 17, her father killed her mother, then himself.

The eye-opening album cover and complicated past only start to tell Shelby Lynne's story. The wonder is in the music and Lynne's making some of the best of her career right here and now.

Kevin O'Hare