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Now in her ‘60s and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Emmylou Harris doesn’t slow down for her latest collection, which features Harris in fine vocal form. She lends her interpretive gifts to the songs of others, both well-known and obscure, while sharing the microphone with a worthy rotating cast. Teamed up with old producer Brian Ahern, who produced her first 11 albums, Harris put him to the test, requiring him to align tracks from various sessions in Canada, Los Angeles and Nashville, including a drum track from the late Doobie Brother Keith Knudsen for the album’s touching opener, John Wesley Routh’s “Shores of White Sand.” For a well-lauded country artist, Harris is less traditional than her pedigree might suggest. While Ahern doesn’t attempt the modern-art ambience of Daniel Lanois or Malcolm Burn, he does employ a similar stillness, and Patty Griffin’s “Moon Song,” Mark Germino’s “Broken Man’s Lament,” and Tracy Chapman’s “All That You Have is Your Soul” have a chilling spiritual dimension to their performances.

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Quite a few tunes on this gorgeous album are real heartbreakers. It's rare to see lyrics that tackle getting older and thinking about mortality, but that seems to be one of the themes here - in a playful mood in "Sailing Round the Room," and a darker one in "Not Enough," the cover of the Tracy Chapman song "All That You Have is Your Soul," and others. Few voices can match Emmylou's for subtlety and pitch-perfect emotion, and this album is no exception. It's spellbinding.

"Hold On" best song and beautifully delivered

Emmylou has a wonderful gift delivering songs of other songwriters as if they were her own. She has carefully selected tunes from such notables as Patty Griffn, Tracy Chapman, Merle Haggard and Billy Joe Shaver. However, the version of relatively unknown singer-songwriter Jude Johnstone's "Hold On," stands out for me. It is Emmylou's passion and emotion that draws one in and especially on this song, it is haunting.

Emmylou has an edge

Emmylou has an edge.That's all there is to it. In my opinion, Emmy is the greatest pop singer of all time. She has this jagged, brilliant, singular, "edge" to her music. It's harder than rock and roll. It's more authentic than country. It's harsher than the blues. It's more fun than pop. She just has this "edge"... Brilliant CD. One of her best in 20 years. The CD far and away exceeds my expectations (no small feat). Rock on...


Born: April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though other performers sold more records and earned greater fame, few had as profound an impact on contemporary music as Emmylou Harris. Blessed with a crystalline voice, a remarkable gift for phrasing, and a restless creative spirit, she traveled a singular artistic path, proudly carrying the torch of "cosmic American music" passed down by her mentor, Gram Parsons. With the exception of only Neil Young -- not surprisingly an occasional collaborator -- no other mainstream star established a similarly...
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