Revelation Road - Shelby Lynne
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 11, 2012
    80
    Her voice [is] a soft, soulful instrument that draws the listener in with seemingly minimum effort, then delivers whatever message she wishes to impart to willing ears. [Dec. 2011 pg. 94]
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    There's a welcome '60s pop feel to the material, proof that Lynne doesn't need anyone else to show her how it should be done. [Dec. 2011 p. 129]
  3. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    All 11 songs here showcase Lynne's ambition and control.
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    That [the innocence of an idyllic childhood] was suddenly shattered when Lynne's father shot her mother and then himself, referenced with unsettling dispassion in "Heaven's Only Days Down The Road," renders the album's surrounding tender moments all the more heart-wrenching. [Nov 2011, p.91]
  5. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    Slow, spare, and offhand, the song ["I Want to Go Back" ] admits to the restlessness that has led the gifted 42-year-old through many unpolished musical shifts, and it epitomizes the decidedly secular, deceptively low-key revelations on Revelation Road.
  6. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    Not one single note on this record fails to contribute something to the overall mood.
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    75
    She's never tackled [her childhood tragedy in] such a head-on way and in such astonishing depth as she does on Revelation Road, a pathway that doesn't reach understanding so much as acceptance out of absolute necessity.
  8. Dec 7, 2011
    70
    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.
  9. Oct 13, 2011
    70
    As a whole, Revelation Road is the closest Lynne has got to where she should always have been, even if she mightn't stay here long.
  10. Revelation Road proves, though, that form may come and go, but class is permanent.
  11. Oct 17, 2011
    60
    Ultimately, Revelation Road needed more of that passion and range.
  12. Oct 17, 2011
    60
    On the self-produced Revelation Road she's gone minimalist and acoustic, most of its songs documenting the pain of lost love, veering between southern soul ("Even Angels") and MOR country ("The Thief").
  13. Oct 13, 2011
    60
    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
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  1. Oct 23, 2011
    10
    She sould be very famous. Her music is real. Amazing CD!. A mixture of country and soul. Her voice sweet as usuall. Forget all about gaga orShe sould be very famous. Her music is real. Amazing CD!. A mixture of country and soul. Her voice sweet as usuall. Forget all about gaga or beyonce. Music is about emotions Full Review »