Tears. Lies and Alibis counts as Shelby Lynne's 11th studio album. The basic tracks were recorded in her home studio, finished in Nashville complete with ten original compositions and released on her own label. Guests on the album include Muscle Shoals legends Spooner Oldham and David Hood.
For the most part, it's a quiet acoustic-based album. "Rains Came" opens the CD and proves her voice still retains a hypnotic beauty. "Why Didn't You Call Me" contains horns and a laid back quality, which Lynne pulls off so well. "Like A Fool" will transfer well to a live audience.
"Alibi" emits a jazz flavor that adds diversity to the song sequence. "Something To Be Said" shifts gears in a quiet country-ish number. "Family Tree", an infectious acoustic guitar-driven tune, represents Lynne's voice at its zenith of range. "Loser Dreamer" stands as another quiet acoustic song with a sonic landscape that might be heard best in the desert after midnight.
"Old #7" ranks as one of the best songs on this disc...Shelby Lynne at her finest. "Old Dog" falls into a country-blues ode that evokes haunting images of ghosts, whiskey, outlaws and trains. The final track, "Home Sweet Home", embodies the acoustic mood and reflective tone of Tears. Lies and Alibis that finds Shelby Lynne playing the music she wants after 20 years in the cutthroat world of the music business.