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Infamous Angel

Iris DeMent

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

With her pure, plain voice and songs as spare and lovely as a well-made Shaker chair, Iris DeMent dips from the same musical well as vintage Jimmie Rodgers or the Carter Family. Dating from 1992, her debut album Infamous Angel is a classic from first note, with DeMent's Arkansas-inflected twang a perfect companion for simple yet heartfelt lyrics about family, forgiveness, death, and human frailty. "Let the Mystery Be" is an improbably catchy paean to religious skepticism, while the bittersweet "Our Town" mourns a faded hometown and the life it framed. "Mama's Opry" offers a moving tribute to DeMent's music-loving girlhood, with a chorus that name-checks gospel classics as lovingly as a daughter leafing through a family album. Sentimental? A little, but then sentiment is the engine on which the greatest country songs run. DeMent is an American treasure, and the best of these songs will endure like the legends who inspired her.

Customer Reviews

Great emotive album

Iris has such an unique delivery and voice that fully illistrates her beautiful lyrics. I saw her as an opening act for Lyle Lovett and her solo acoustic performance was more powerful than the great Lyle with a large band. Many of the tracks are obviously so personal that they continue to bring tears to my eyes every time I hear them.

plain voice?

I don't know why the iTunes reviewer would describe her voice as "plain". maybe what they meant was unpretentious. I think her voice is really unique and interesting.

Fabulous

This album is beyond description. Her musicality is great, the lyrics so down home and honest. If you like this be sure to see her in concert - memorable. Thanks iris, please come to Phoenix az. Love you

Biography

Born: January 5, 1961 in Paragould, AR

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris DeMent was born on January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas, the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music; during her teenaged years, however, she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from...
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