Identity Crisis

Ms. Lynne has it all wrong. Her previous album, "Love, Shelby," should have been called "Identity Crisis." And this, her eighth album, should be titled "Love, Shelby." Recall, for a moment, the artist

Ms. Lynne has it all wrong. Her previous album, "Love, Shelby," should have been called "Identity Crisis." And this, her eighth album, should be titled "Love, Shelby." Recall, for a moment, the artist's "I Am Shelby Lynne," which intertwined rock, bluegrass and soul. So gorgeous was that 2000 album that it earned Lynne the best new artist Grammy Award. One year later, Lynne delivered the super glossy, Glen Ballard-

produced "Love, Shelby." Incredibly polished in a decidedly pop way (can you say Liz Phair?), "Love, Shelby" certainly confused fans. Now, along comes "Identity Crisis," a wonderful return to form for the singer/songwriter. Musically, the self-produced and -penned set revels in roots-rock ("Gotta Be Better"), country ("Lonesome"), blues ("Evil Man") and gospel ("10 Rocks"). Lyrically, Lynne explores themes of regret, self-doubt, mistrust, uncertainty, mortality, faith and love. Album closer "One With the Sun" is beautifully simple, heartfelt and full of optimism. Love Shelby, indeed.—MP