Shelby Lynne trades in her signature
Just a Little Lovin’
Shelby Lynne trades in her signature “spitfire and spark for torch and soul” on Just a Little Lovin’, said Dan Ouellette in Billboard. The tough-cookie country singer from Nashville has always made music on her terms. As she nears 40, the singer-songwriter remains as brazen as ever, but this album—a “seductively heartfelt homage” to Dusty Springfield—finds Lynne with her guard down, exposed and utterly devastating. The blue-eyed Springfield was, like Lynne, a “husky-voiced singer who liked to traverse the borderlands” between country and other musical landscapes, said Marc Weingarten in Entertainment Weekly. Stripped down and sensual, Just a Little Lovin’ is Lynne’s Dusty in Memphis. Producer Phil Ramone keeps it simple and soft, gently trailing her voice with piano, acoustic guitars, and lightly brushed drums. Sweetly embracing each word, Lynne invites the listener to come hither “by virtue of her impeccably laconic phrasing, the well-placed lilt, or the knowing sneer at the end of a phrase.” Too smart and too headstrong to deliver faithful covers, Lynne “pulls it way back” and makes Springfield’s songbook her own. Her stark, emphatic covers could hardly differ more from the blustery originals, said Bill Friskics-Warren in the Nashville Tennessean. In reimagining these tales of love, Lynne accentuates the “vulnerability and desperation at the core” of Springfield’s songs.