Smile (Lyle Lovett album)

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Smile
Compilation album by Lyle Lovett
Released Feb 25, 2003 (US)
Mar 10, 2003 (UK)
Recorded 1992-2002
Genre Movie soundtrack
Label MCA/Curb
Lyle Lovett chronology
Anthology, Vol. 1: Cowboy Man
(2001)
Smile
(2003)
My Baby Don't Tolerate
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
PopMatters mixed[2]

Smile is a 2003 compilation of songs performed by Lyle Lovett for various movie soundtracks between 1992 and 2002. Smile was the fifth project by Lovett that did not introduce a new collection of his own songs during the expanse of time between his 1996 Grammy winning The Road to Ensenada and My Baby Don't Tolerate (released later in 2003). Other projects included a 1998 cover album, a 1999 live album, a 2000 movie soundtrack, and a 2001 anthology. The release of Smile led some reviewers to speculate the Lovett might be experiencing some sort of writer's block.[1] Another possibility is that Lovett was taking it easy following a 2002 injury from an accident involving a bull on a family farm in Texas. During the incident Lovett's leg was broken in 20 places. A fracture to his thumb also left him unable to play guitar for an extended period.[3]

The album has been described as a "nice listen" and "nice for collectors" to find all of these songs together, but "not essential," [1] and "uneven." [2]

Charts[edit]

Smile peaked at 106 in the Billboard Hot 200, and reached 136 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blue Skies" (Berlin) – 3:11
  2. "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (Cole, Mills) – 3:10
  3. "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" (Razaf, Redman) – 4:58
  4. "Smile" (Chaplin, Parsons, Turner) – 3:38
  5. "Moritat (Mack the Knife)" (Brecht, Weill) – 4:43
  6. "Summer Wind" (Bradtke, Mayer, Mercer) – 2:53
  7. "What'd I Say" (Charles) – 4:00
  8. "Till It Shines" (Seger) – 3:50
  9. "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Newman) – 2:39
    • From Toy Story, 1995
    • Performed with Randy Newman
  10. "Walking Tall" (Bacharach, Rice) – 3:13
  11. "Pass Me Not" (Crosby, Doane) – 5:00
  12. "I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord" (traditional) – 3:29

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 106

Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Allmusic (link)
  2. ^ a b S. Renee Dechert, "Compulsive Organizing: Lyle Lovett - Smile: Songs from the Movies", PopMatters, March 14, 2003
  3. ^ Ann Oldenburg, "Lovett charges ahead with his career", USA Today, May 10, 2002 (link)