The Scene Of The Crime - Bettye LaVette
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  • Summary: LaVette's latest features the Drive-By Truckers as her backing band.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  1. Is there a more wrenching soul singer alive than Bettye LaVette? If so, keep it to yourself, because I'm too wrung out from The Scene of the Crime's intensity to take anything more emotionally potent.
  2. Scene of the Crime is as comprehensive and as thorough an artistic declaration of self as any in recent memory.
  3. LaVette sings Scene as if she's been backed into a corner and relishes the sensation.
  4. 80
    A strong contender for soul album of the year. [Oct 2007, p.98]
  5. LaVette is a proud interpreter, and even back in her earlier days she was covering David Bowie and Neil Young, but on Scene of the Crime her choices are a little less NPR-friendly than they were on the all-female critics darling roster of "Hell to Raise."
  6. The Scene of the Crime is music without a shelf life.
  7. LaVette has little rapport with Hood, and her uneasiness interpreting his lyrics and the strange cover choices (Elton John's 'Talking Old Soldiers,' Willie Nelson's 'Somebody Pick Up My Pieces') comes through in every vocal performance.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. FredW.
    Oct 20, 2007
  2. OliverP.
    Oct 20, 2007
    Bettye LaVette finally takes her place along side the great singers in the business. It's a place where she ALWAYS belonged, but for reasons now being revealed, was left behind. Now, she's winning awards, appearing in top places and getting the recognition and critical acclaim afforded to only great stars. Her new CD is wonderful and richly deserving of awards. GIVE THEM TO HER! Expand
  3. donl.
    Oct 20, 2007
    Simply one of the best records released in 2007. Joe Henry is tough to beat as a producer (see 2005 Hell to Raise) and Patterson Hood doesn't but so what? Bettye LaVette sings like her life is on the line, every song, every note. This is intense music and well worth the listen. Essential. Expand
  4. ChrisK
    Nov 25, 2007
    Listen once and you're almost stunned. Listen twice and the message grabs you. Listen three times and you realize that covers are more than just some singer singing an originally performed arrangement ... it's too bad we've lost the kind of stylizing that Bettye brings to this wonderful R&B / Classic Soul record. The Drive By Truckers drive the groove to near perfection for being a rock band. Expand
  5. World&
    Jan 6, 2008
    It could had been better but who needs perfection when you have sensation?