Down-home comeback by Alabama maverick. Little Feat's Bill Payne guests
After winning a Grammy for the marvellous I Am Shelby Lynne, making the wildly over-produced Love, Shelby and falling out with her record company, the aptly-titled Identity Crisis was recorded at home and at her own expense: a smart move.
Full of emotionally potent songs sung in that sultry, just-behind-the-beat drawl, this is the album Lynne should’ve made after I Am…”Telephone”boats the same easy swing that made “Thought It Would Be Easier” a classic. “10 Rocks” is a gospel-tinged country boogie on which she sounds like a modern-day Wanda Jackson. Then there’s “Lonesome”, which puts you in mind of a female Charlie Rich, and the bluesy echoes of Tony Joe White on “Evil Man”. It’s magnificent. Love Shelby? On this form, of course.