Revelation Road [Deluxe Edition]

Revelation Road [Deluxe Edition]

by Shelby LynneShelby Lynne

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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Revelation Road is singer and songwriter Shelby Lynne's third self-released recording in two years. She wrote, produced, and performed every note on this set solo -- a first for her. While her songs have always been confessional, the 11 tracks featured here -- composed in a variety of genres but all of them more or less comfortably ensconced within Americana's broad brush stroke -- are more intimate than anything she's issued previously. This includes the harrowing "Heaven's Only Days Down the Road," which directly addresses the killing of Lynne's mother by her father before he committed suicide in front of her and her sister. In other words, this is the record she's had to make her entire career. The title track opens with a stilted drum loop counterbalanced by a pair of mandolins, tastefully layered, gospel-styled backing vocals, and a basic pulse bassline. Lynne effortlessly expresses the deep emotion in her lyric above it all. "Woebegone" is a balladic rocker informed by soul and gospel on the refrain. "Lead Me Love" is a gorgeous romantic number that reflects the enduring influences of Dusty Springfield and Antonio Carlos Jobim on her music. "Even Angels" is a nod back to the country scene of the '80s, when Lynne entered the business. The languid pop that drives "I Want to Go Back," a paean to broken love, is given wings by a killer bridge. "Toss It All Aside," another busted love tome, begins with the "ooooo-whooo-ooo" vocal intro to Hall & Oates' "She's Gone" (not a sample, but Lynne's own multi-layered vocals), but is transformed into a much simpler, folky tune with tasteful electric guitars and snares. It stands out not for the reference in its intro, but for the naked emotion in her lyric and vocal. "I Won't Leave You" is a logical topical extension. Revelation Road feels of a piece, as if Lynne wrote it as a song cycle. Its tracks move seamlessly from one to another, until "Heaven's Only Down the Road" jolts the listener into shock -- the same way Bob Dylan's "Ballad of Hollis Brown" did so long ago -- and adds a different weight of meaning to the soft, simple, elegant closer, "I Won't Leave You." Revelation Road is the quietest record of Lynne's career, but it feels like her rawest, too, even as it offers, in small bits and pieces, the varying shades, complexities, and pleasures in her musical world. [The Deluxe Edition contains five bonus cuts from the sessions, a bonus live disc recorded at McCabe's, a DVD of Lynne playing solo at Union Chapel in England, and a documentary DVD on the making of Revelation Road.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2012
Label: Everso Records
UPC: 0852659709878
catalogNumber: 500
Rank: 127652


Disc 1

  1. Revelation Road
  2. I'll Hold Your Head
  3. Even Angels
  4. Lead Me Love
  5. The Thief
  6. Woebegone
  7. I Want to Go Back
  8. I Don't Need a Reason to Cry
  9. Toss It All Aside
  10. Heaven's Only Days Down the Road
  11. I Won't Leave You
  12. I'll Hold Your Head
  13. It Ain't Your Land Mama
  14. Heaven's Only Days Down the Road
  15. What's What It Means
  16. Between the Rows

Disc 2

  1. Revelation Road
  2. Lead Me Love
  3. I'll Hold Your Head
  4. I Don't Need a Reason
  5. Even Angels
  6. Woebegone
  7. The Thief
  8. Heaven's Only Days Down the Road
  9. Jesus on a Greyhound
  10. Leavin'
  11. Old Dog
  12. Johnny Met June
  13. 10 Rocks
  14. Life Is Bad
  15. Tarpoleon Napoleon
  16. Your Lies
  17. Where I'm From
  18. Iced Tea

Disc 3

  1. Revelation Road
  2. Lead Me Love
  3. I'll Hold Your Head
  4. I Don't Need a Reason
  5. Even Angels
  6. Lookin' Up
  7. I Want to Go Back
  8. Woebegone
  9. Thief
  10. Toss It All Aside
  11. Heaven's Only Days Down the Road
  12. Jesus on a Greyhound
  13. Leavin'
  14. Killin' Kind
  15. Old Dog
  16. 10 Rocks
  17. Johnny Met June
  18. Life Is Bad
  19. Your Lies
  20. Where I'm From
  21. Black Light Blue
  22. Pretend
  23. Iced Tea

Disc 4

  1. Documentary

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