Pontiac (album)

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Pontiac
Studio album by Lyle Lovett
Released 1987
Genre Alternative country, folk
Length 35:07
Label MCA/Curb
Producer Tony Brown, Lyle Lovett & Billy Williams
Lyle Lovett chronology
Lyle Lovett
(1986)
Pontiac
(1987)
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
(1989)

Pontiac is Lyle Lovett's second studio album, released in 1987.

Chart success[edit]

Pontiac reached number 12 on Billboard's chart for Top Country Albums, and 117 in the Billboard Hot 200.

Critical acclaim[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[3]
Music Hound 4.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
Spin 10/10 stars[6]
Virgin 4/5 stars[7]

Pontiac was ranked as 201 in the list of the "500 Best Albums of All-Time" by the German edition of Rolling Stone.[8] The album was also cited as one of the top 100 albums of the 1980s by the Italian magazines Il Mucchio Selvaggio [9] and Velvet.[10] The album is also one of 300 listed in the book, 50 Years of Great Recordings[11] and appeared at number 33 the Village Voice's list of top albums for 1988.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lyle Lovett

  1. "If I Had a Boat" – 3:06
  2. "Give Back My Heart" – 3:00
  3. "I Loved You Yesterday" – 2:56
  4. "Walk Through the Bottomland" – 4:11
  5. "L.A. County" – 3:17
  6. "She's No Lady" – 3:13
  7. "M-O-N-E-Y" – 3:15
  8. "Black and Blue" – 3:58
  9. "Simple Song" – 3:17
  10. "Pontiac" – 2:24
  11. "She's Hot to Go" – 2:30

Personnel[edit]

  • Tony Brown – Producer
  • Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
  • Vince Gill – Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
  • John Hagen – Cello
  • Emmylou Harris – Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Ray Herndon – Electric Guitar
  • Simon Levy – Art Direction
  • Lyle Lovett – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Producer
  • Steve Marsh – Saxophone
  • Matt McKenzie – Bass
  • Glenn Meadows – Mastering
  • Edgar Meyer – Bass, Double Bass
  • Peter Nash – Photography
  • Willie Pevear – Engineer
  • Francine Reed – Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Matt Rollings – Synthesizer, Piano, DX-7
  • J. David Sloan – Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Harry Stinson – Drums, Background Vocals
  • Steve Tillisch – Engineer, Mixing
  • Ron Treat – Engineer
  • Billy Williams – Acoustic & Rhythm Guitar, Associate Producer
  • Marty Williams – Second Engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 12
U.S. Billboard 200 117

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Deming, Allmusic (link)
  2. ^ Robert Christgau, Consumer Guide (link)
  3. ^ Lewis, Randy (17 January 1988). "Lyle Lovett Rides Again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Music Hound, USA, 1988-89 (4 "bones", scale 0-5)
  5. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide, USA, 1992, 2004
  6. ^ Spin's Book of Alternative Albums, USA, 1995
  7. ^ Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, UK, 2002
  8. ^ "The 500 Best Albums of All Time", Rolling Stone (Germany), 2004 (link)
  9. ^ Il Mucchio Selvaggio, 2002 (according to acclaimedmusic.net link)
  10. ^ Velvet, 1990 (according to rocklistmusic.co.uk (link)
  11. ^ 50 Years of Great Recordings, Thunder Bay Press, November 9, 2005
  12. ^ see villagevoice.com (link)