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FOLK/COUNTRY Lyle Lovett - I Love Everybody (Curb/MCA): If Woody Allen had grown up in Texas, eschewed Nashville for Los Angeles, loved Paris, and could play the guitar, he might have created this album. Lyle Lovett produces quirky, inventive, meticulous music that defies labels. His lyrics are peopled with memorable characters and - always - a strong sense of mood and place. There's not an extraneous note on this disc. The bass and cello lines are stunning and Lovett just gets better. Notable: background vocals including Leo Kottke and Julia Roberts, one of whom is an immensely talented musician.

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