Identity Crisis The singer who painted her masterpiece with 2000's "I Am Shelby Lynne" squandered a lot of goodwill with an overwrought follow-up, but she'll win it… Identity Crisis The singer who painted her masterpiece with 2000's "I Am Shelby Lynne" squandered a lot of goodwill with an overwrought follow-up, but she'll win it… 2003-09-16 Shelby Lynne
Music Review

Identity Crisis (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 16, 2003; Lead Performance: Shelby Lynne

The singer who painted her masterpiece with 2000's ''I Am Shelby Lynne'' squandered a lot of goodwill with an overwrought follow-up, but she'll win it back with ''Identity Crisis.'' Lynne is so in her element with this self-produced, mostly self-performed, largely acoustic set of folk-soul that you have to believe the title's a deliberate misnomer. There's variety in ''Crisis''' intimacy, from the gospel blues of ''10 Rocks'' to the Patsy homage ''Lonesome,'' though Lynne's at her hear-a-pin-drop best assaying the moment when emotional masochism reaches its limits in ''I Don't Think So.''

Originally posted Sep 26, 2003 Published in issue #730 Sep 26, 2003 Order article reprints
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