Love, Shelby - Shelby Lynne
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. 80
    Exceptional, exemplary grown-up rock. [#4, p.120]
  2. May not be as postcard-perfect as I Am Shelby Lynne, but it comes pretty close.
  3. 70
    Things sometimes tip too far into conventional rock cliché -- "I Can't Wait" is too obvious a power ballad -- but for the most part, this is another display of Lynne's surprisingly agile range.
  4. Mostly all manner of shiny, happy pop.
  5. Continues in the same vein as its predecessor, matching Lynne's soulful vocals with an array of catchy tunes. [#184, p.140]
  6. 60
    It's sad to see the rocker side that Lynne has unveiled in her live sets turned into histrionic failures like "Trust Me," "Star Broker," and "Jesus On A Greyhound." [Dec 2001, p.154]
  7. Finds the sexy singer too often wading in the oversimplified pop influence of heavyweight producer Glen Ballard, her country sass and personality replaced by hackneyed and bland musical doodles.
  8. Seems slickly over-produced and a little forced.
  9. The edges have all been sawed off of Lynne's sound by producer and co-songwriter Glen Ballard, and she appears as a positively wimpy adult.
  10. She keeps shifting gears in an ill-advised attempt to please too broad an audience.
  11. Embarrassing.... It's hard to tell if [Ballard's] hyper-slick style is to blame, or if Lynne has simply hung herself. [16 Nov 2001, p.172]
  12. The disc's 10 tracks blur into a dispiriting, middle-of-the-road mishmash of lite pop, lite country, lite rock, and lite adult-contemporary.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. RobM
    May 23, 2005
    9
    I was disappointed in this when it came out, but listening again recently I was surprised at how good it is.
  2. Rob
    Nov 30, 2001
    8
    It's actually really good!
  3. StephenH.
    Nov 30, 2001
    7
    It's not the wonderfully soulful music of "I Am Shelby Lynne," but it is a good slick pop album. It's just disappointing knowing how much better Shelby can be. Full Review »