Shelby Lynne's last release was an album of Dusty Springfield covers. Great idea, awful execution, as the tracks were mellowed out to the point where they could have served as a cure for insomnia. Simply making a mellow album is far from a sin; however, putting Dusty to sleep is such a misstep that it's almost impressive in its ineptitude. Lynne's follow-up, Tears, Lies & Alibis, is perfectly inoffensive. The peppy, inventive "Rains Came" and the tender "Like a Fool" are the only truly memorable tracks. Everything else is fine--yet coming from a former rabble-rouser such as Lynne, a tad deflating. But at least she's being her middle-aged self instead of butchering the oeuvre of a legend.