Release Date: Jan 29, 2008
Record label: Lost Highway
When she gets to the in-the-pocket feel of "Breakfast in Bed," she comes at the tune's subject with an up-front sexual expression -- Springfield's trademark vulnerability is willfully absent. A Rhodes and Parks' guitar give her plenty of room to pour out the lyric. "Willie and Laura Mae Jones" has a rough, swampy earthiness; Lynne adds her guitar to its sparse, slow growl.
Set in a dilapidated Veterans Administration hospital, Article 99 may be the first medical melodrama that isn’t about dedicated physicians performing life-saving acts of valor. It’s about dedicated physicians not performing life- saving acts of valor: Their hands are tied by the crisis in veterans’ health care — the calamitous lack of funding, the red tape, the increasingly prevalent policy of refusing to cover conditions (such as heart problems) that aren’t directly related to military service. To function as doctors, the movie’s heroes have to become outlaws in their own hospital.
The best album Shelby Lynne ever made was 1999’s I Am Shelby Lynne, produced by Bill Bottrell using the Dusty In Memphis album as a blueprint. Since her next three albums were duds, it makes sense that Lynne would eventually return to her guiding inspiration with a collection of songs made famous by Dusty Springfield and a Dusty-style hairdo to match. The 10-track selection doesn’t venture beyond the most obvious stuff, beginning with the Dusty In Memphis opener Just A Little Lovin’, along with Breakfast In Bed, I Don’t Want To Hear It Anymore, Willie And Laura Mae Jones (from the Rhino Deluxe Edition reissue) in addition to the hits Anyone Who Had A Heart, I Only Want To Be With You and The Look Of Love.
With Shelby Lynne's career at a stalling point eight years after the breakthrough success of I Am Shelby Lynne, her digging deep into her Southern roots on a Lovin' tribute to Dusty Springfield makes perfect sense. Springfield may have been British, but her interpretations of classic soul via Dusty in Memphis remain an all-time great listen. Lynne doesn't mimic though, taking nine tunes Springfield sang, along with one original in the spirit, and interprets them in a manner that's elegant, if not always satisfying.