In the 1980s Texan singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett was part of the progressive "New Traditionalist" country scene that breathed new life into Nashville. His is a unique mix of country, folk, gospel, and western swing, with lyrics heavily inspired by such venerated Texas songwriters as Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. His wry attitude and quirky image also earned Lovett a career in films, and he had roles in the Robert Altman films SHORT CUTS and THE PLAYER, among others.
No Description Available. Genre: Country & Western Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 26-AUG-1988
Pontiac is Lyle Lovett's finest album, but it still contains the strengths and weaknesses that have become Lyle's hallmarks. Crack playing, keen observations and clever lyrics, and a neo-traditionalist aesthetic that pulls in everything from Texas folk, honky-tonk and Western swing to old-school pop all shine brightly here, but they're consistently dulled by an ironic distance and a bitterness toward women that approaches misogyny. On Pontiac, the strengths generally win out, however, as Lovett convincingly stalks an old lover ("L.A. County"), says "take my wife, please" ("She's No Lady"), and, on the title track, offers a character sketch that could've been penned by Raymond Carver. --David Cantwell
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