Chris Willman
August 31, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It's Not Big It's Large

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B+

With the instrumental big-band explosion that opens It’s Not Big It’s Large, you might expect Lyle Lovett and His Large Band to fully capitalize on his whimsical blues-jazz bent. But Not Big really is kind of small — in a good way — and geared toward his stripped-down country-folk origins. ”All Downhill” will add some mirth to his concert sets; think Joe Walsh with a steel guitar. But the standouts are acoustic ballads that suggest a lonesome depth of feeling while, as usual, steering 100 Texas miles clear of outright sentiment. B+
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