Picks and Pans Review: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

updated 07/06/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/06/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

VH-1 (Tues., July 7, 7:30 P.M. ET)


One of the tectonic shifts in music in the '90s has involved country music going pop. Obviously lots of listeners think "Achy Breaky..." is okeydokey. Of course a few artists coming out of a country background, such as k.d. lang and ol' Lyle, overshot the mainstream and landed smack plumb in the avant-garde.

This skimpy half-hour special finds Lovett at Dallas's Granada Theatre performing such songs as "Church" and "I've Been to Memphis," from his new album, Joshua Judges Ruth. Lyle's greatest gift may be his feel for lugubrious ballads. He covers that territory here with the penetrating "North Dakota." There's a Southern accent to Lovett's music, but he sure ain't no hat act. That would cover up his rude shock of auburn hair.

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