Release Me

Release Me

by Lyle LovettLyle Lovett


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Some 27 years after Lyle Lovett signed with Curb Records he brings the association to an end with Release Me, a collection of covers and oddities to usher the singer out of his contract. Lyle makes no bones about his departure, not with the album's title or its cover of Lovett tied up in a lariat, but for as misshapen and wooly as it is, Release Me actually doesn't play like a contractual obligation. Sure, Lovett may have only two writing credits among these 14 songs and both of the cuts are holiday tunes, but the appeal of Release Me is that it's decidedly messier than Lyle has allowed himself to be on record. And it's a mess with purpose, too: the album touches upon nearly every style Lovett has tried on since he signed with Curb in 1985, so it's a summation yet it lacks pretension. His good humor is evident throughout, surfacing not only on the randy good humor of "The Girl with the Holiday Smile," but infusing the rollicking, loose-limbed rhythms of the rest of the record. There are a handful of slower, contemplative moments, but Release Me is an unquestioned celebration where the blues are the soundtrack for a good time and Chuck Berry's "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" is slowed down to a knowing, soulful crawl. There's an ease to Release Me that's utterly charming -- Lovett is relaxing into the songs and sounds he loves, and he hasn't sounded like so much fun in years.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2012
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0602527907864
catalogNumber: 001638602
Rank: 95565

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lyle Lovett   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Matt Rollings   Piano
Mitch Watkins   Electric Guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Vocal Harmony
Harry Bowens   Vocal Harmony
Luke Bulla   Fiddle,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim Cox   Piano
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
John Hagen   Cello
Ray Herndon   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Russ Kunkel   Drums
k.d. lang   Vocals
Steve Marsh   Alto Saxophone
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar
Buck Reid   Steel Guitar
Charles Rose   Trombone
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Arnold McCuller   Vocal Harmony
Leland Sklar   Bass
Keith Sewell   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sara Watkins   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Sean Watkins   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Kat Edmonson   Vocals
Vincent Ciesielski   Trumpet
Willie Greene   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Eric Taylor   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Michael Franks   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Luke Bulla   Arranger
Jim Cox   Arranger
John Grimaudo   Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Producer,Engineer
Charles Rose   Horn Arrangements
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Martin Luther   Composer
Tim Stedman   Art Direction
Keith Sewell   Arranger
Robert Yount   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Saylor White   Composer
Lyn Moncrief   Documentation
James Pebworth   Composer
Randall Paris Dark   Documentation

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