Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Quite why anyone would get excited over the over-emoting 19-year old Adele's debut album when Shelby Lynne conveys more depth of ache in one line is beyond me.
This exceptional album sees country singer Lynne go down a very difficult route: taking on songs made famous by the late Dusty Springfield (and offering one stunning original). And rather than try to out-gun Dusty in terms of pushing power she sensibly goes in the other direction and -- with producer Phil Ramone -- takes songs like the title track, Anyone Who Had A Heart, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, I Don't Want to Hear About It and other classics -- right back to their emotional essence.
These are almost minimalist versions where each word and phrase is measured and filled with intimacy and understanding. And she doesn't over-emote or pull in a string section for cheap effect anywhere.