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Shelby Lynne: Suit Yourself
Buy! - (Capitol)
This headstrong Alabama singer is back with her strongest album since her 2000 artistic breakthrough I Am Shelby Lynne. Suit Yourself is Shelby doing what she does best, effortlessly blending soul, country, blues, folk and pop.

Like her previous release Identity Crisis, Suit Yourself is a loose, informal affair with some false starts, studio chatter, a few flubbed notes and a whole lot of soul. The songs sometimes end abruptly or just trail off – in some ways, the album sounds like a demo recording. In lesser hands, this kind of casual approach often leads to a self-indulgent mess, but Suit Yourself is remarkably cohesive, thanks to some first-rate songs, stellar accompaniment and a masterful, slyly subtle singer who doesn’t equate soul with over-singing.

Shelby contributed 10 of the album’s 12 songs, and nearly all of them hit the emotional bulls-eye, even when they occasionally don’t sound fully formed. She also nails two Tony Joe White songs, “Old Times Sake” and “Rainy Night in Georgia” (listed here as “Track 12”). White is one of the featured musicians on the album (the impressive supporting cast also includes Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench).

Shelby seems to settling into a comfortable, low-key groove that nicely suits her casual sensibilities, and her latest album is an ideal soundtrack for kicking back on a sultry, Summer day. 6/2/2005 - Don Slack
Other Shelby Lynne album reviews:

Just a Little Lovin' - 1/17/2008
Suit Yourself - 5/3/2005
I Am Shelby Lynne - 2/15/2000