Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth 
Music Disc Reviews DTS 5.1 CD
Written by Brian Kahn   
Tuesday, 26 February 2002

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I am not a country fan, I am not a Lyle Lovett fan, but I am a big fan of this disc. I picked up Joshua Judges Ruth to use for checking out 5.1 systems. I was expecting to find a well-recorded disc that would help me evaluate various systems. I found that and more. The music on this disc is great and has not left the CD player in my theater system since I put it in over a month ago.

As you can tell from the title, this disc has strong biblical and gospel influences. The album starts off with a swinging hit called "I’ve Been To Memphis" and then slides into the high-energy, gospel-oriented "Church." The album also features some guest vocals: Rickie Lee Jones on "North Dakota" and Emmylou Harris in a soulful "She’s Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To."

Lovett’s singing throughout is heartfelt and moving. The instruments are all well captured on this DTS recording. The strings are detailed and the low end is extended, very extended. There are several cuts on this album that can be used to show off a system with good, deep, tight bass extension. The strings and vocals are also worthy as demonstration material. On a good system, they will show coherence throughout the channels.

My hat is off to both Lyle Lovett and DTS for an album that sounds good and is enjoyable as a listening experience. I think I am going to have to find myself some more Lyle Lovett to listen to. I may be becoming a fan of his if what I find is as good as this album.
Artist Lyle Lovett
Album Joshua Judges Ruth
Format DTS 5.1 CD
Release Year 2002
Label HDS
Genre Pop
Reviewer Brian Kahn
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