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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mic Check: Shelby Lynne at the Beachland Ballroom on Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 5:46 AM

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Shelby Lynne, presumably seen here in her sexpot stage, plays the Beachland Sunday
Shelby Lynne released one of the decade’s best blue-eyed soul albums, I Am Shelby Lynne, at the top of the ’00s. Since then, she’s recorded one blah album after another. First, her record company tried to make her a cooing sexpot. Then they tried to make her a beer-swilling hard-ass. Then they just threw their hands up in frustration and let her do what she wanted. After all, Lynne’s earned that right. She’d been making records for more than a decade when she won a Best New Artist Grammy in 2001… Lynne’s latest album, Just a Little Lovin’, once again dips into the blue-eyed soul songbook, grabbing its style and songs from one of the best: Dusty Springfield. Lynne netted tons of comparisons to Springfield when I Am Shelby Lynne came out. Just a Little Lovin’ features cover songs made famous by Springfield. Lynne slips into something more comfortable and purrs perfectly throughout – even if it does come off as a tad hollow and shallow. No matter, Lynne’s a sultry performer, who’ll be in her element at Sunday’s Beachland show. --Michael Gallucci Shelby Lynne performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road. Tickets are $28, $26 in advance, available by calling 216-383-1124.

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