Album: Shelby Lynne, Revelation Road (Everso / Proper)

The albums since 1999's I Am Shelby Lynne have been, to put it kindly, a mixed bag of the over-egged and the under-whelming.

Revelation Road proves, though, that form may come and go, but class is permanent. Here, Lynne writes and produces 11 Bobbie Gentry-ish numbers that prove her country-soul is intact, though this DIY ethos strikes at precisely the point she's assembled a set of songs strong enough to have benefitted from an outside ear. Rick Rubin? Next time.

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