Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Short and sweet, Thanks, Shelby Lynne's five-track, 16-minute EP, is proof that starting her own record label was a smart move. Her sultry, commanding voice has rarely been more effective than on these bracing country-soul tunes, which favor down-home immediacy over commercial polish. Looking back on hard times from a brighter place in the title track, Lynne sings, "I've been wrong, misguided / Made mistakes, been sick and frightened / Oh, what a waste," while "Walkin" closes the proceedings on an exuberant gospel note, casting a warm glow that invites instant replay.