Lone Star Gothic

PERFORMER: LYLE LOVETT

ALBUM: JOSHUA JUDGES RUTH

LABEL: MCA

THE BOTTOM LINE: Twelve fine songs take you riding on the strange stretch of Texas inside this country singer's mind.

With his kitchen-knife physique, sour face and a hairdo resembling a road-kill toupee, Lyle Lovett looks like a serial killer in Southern Baptist preacher's garb. That must be what inspired Robert Altman to cast the singer as a spooky detective in The Player. Anatomy is destiny in modern show biz, so it doesn't hurt Lovett that he looks like his songs. He could be a death-row denizen musing about the ends of...

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