Shelby Lynne, 'Revelation Road' (Everso/Fontana)

Revelation Road
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Label: Everso/Fontana

by Nate Cavalieri

What to do with Shelby Lynne? With her sunset alto, bullish career independence, and soulful country songs, Lynne sometimes seems like a roguish loner from the traveling cast of Coyote Ugly. Revelation Road, her third self-produced, self-released record in less than two years, is checkered with sweet-and-salty Americana, despite Lynne's tendency to wander precariously close to Jordache-commercial territory. But it's easy to forgive her occasional soft-serve clichés (bad valentines, crystal balls, fallen angels) when she delivers a murderous narrative like "Heaven's Only Days Down the Road."

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