The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

132. Shelby Lynne
I Am Shelby Lynne (Island/Mercury, 2000)

The country divas of the 1990s projected effervescence, empowerment, empathy and open emotionalism to their sisters in small-towns and suburbs. Shelby Lynne, on the other hand, spent most of that era trying to carve out a place for herself in Nashville’s scene, applying her sumptuous twang to torchy, swinging and adult contemporary pop-leaning material from Music Row pros. Her participation in the country music industry concluded in the late ’90s with her decision to become a very different kind of communicator — less demonstrative, more elusive and artful…