Love, Shelby opens with "Trust Me," which Lynne begins by whispering the words "faith" and "hope" as a piano gently plays.

Love, Shelby opens with "Trust Me," which Lynne begins by whispering the words "faith" and "hope" as a piano gently plays. Once the rhythm section kicks in, she utters the word "stay." If the artist's most recent album (her sixth)—I Am Shelby Lynne, which earned the singer/songwriter/guitarist a Grammy Award for best new artist—was steeped in pain (as Lynne has acknowledged), the Glen Ballard-produced Love, Shelby is suffused with joy. Of course, joy in the eyes of Lynne doesn't mean sugar-coated happiness; it means enjoying the sunshine after the rain. For proof, look to the set's lead single, the heartwarming "Wall in Your Heart," as well as the Bacharach-hued "Bend" and rollicking "Jesus on a Greyhound." The album closes with a cover of John Lennon's "Mother," which, in Lynne's hands, takes on new shades of meaning. Ultimately, Love, Shelby may not be as postcard-perfect as I Am Shelby Lynne, but it comes pretty close.—MP