Say a little prayer for Lyle Lovet
t and more specifically, pray for the return of his muse, which has been on vacation for some time. In the ten years since his landmark album, Road to Ensenada
, Lovett has released one album of original material (2003's My Baby Don't Tolerate
) along with a live album, a two-disc covers set and a greatest-hits collection. Even if he never writes another song, he's contributed plenty to the American songbook. For a singer who rarely changes tone and a songwriter who rarely punches, Lovett's covered a lot of ground over time: the gentle venom of "God Will," the provincial pride of "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)" and the desolation of "North Dakota."