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Red Dirt Girl
Genres: Country, Pop
No Description Available. Genre: Country & Western Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 12-SEP-2000
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Genre: Country & Western
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 12-SEP-2000
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Reviewed on 6/6/2007...
I expected more of a country twang in this album.
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Arresting and Hypnotic
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's unfortunate that this is going to get stuck in the country section of the music store, because like it's predecesor "Wrecking Ball" (one of the few undisputed GREAT albums of the 90s), Emmy's new music is beyond any classifications. Is it rock? Is it folk? Is it tribal? Is it country? None of the above, but all at once, really.After flexing her songwriting muscles again with "The Western Wall" album with Linda Ronstadt (a skill which had more or less remained dormant for over a decade), Emmylou manages to come up with 11 new songs of her own for this release, and they don't pale beside the great tunes she recorded on "Wrecking Ball." In fact, it makes it even more poignant that these words are coming FROM her rather than just THROUGH her like last time around, and on previous 90s outings.While Daniel Lanois provided a rejuvination in Emmylou's creativity, he's absent her -- stuck somewhere in the studio with U2 far far away, a band that takes a notoriously long time to finish an album. His "Wrecking Ball" partner in crime, Malcolm Burn, takes over instead -- and pushes the sound they were going for last time even further. And while some complain that the Lanois sound is muddy or difficult to wade through, I say "Too bad for you!" Lanois has coaxed some of the best work out of artists as wide ranging as Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, U2, the Neville Brothers, Robbie Robertson and many others. Burn, who participated on many of those artists albums, had a few of his own tricks as well. He seems to have learned quite a few things from Lanois and the latter's sometimes-partner Brian Eno. "Bang the Drum Slowly" features a beautiful Eno-esque soundscape. "I Don't Want to Talk About it Now" is a mean wall-of-sound groove featuring looping polyrythms and telephone answering machines. Background vocals from Kate McGarrigle, Julie Miller, Bruce Springsteen and others are layered into the mix to make everything blend together into a harmonious blend rather than isolated parts. The results are magnificent.The playing of Daryl Johnson, Ethan Johns and Burns is magificent, and accents from Buddy Miller and others only add to a rich mix.While she might not be selling millions of records any more, I'm glad Emmylou Harris is being brave enough to make the music she wants to make, regardless of commercial appeal.The only song on this album which could remotely work on radio is the closer "Boy from Tupelo," but even that one presents an audio challenge as the mix isn't quite a straightforward as conventional radio would like. "Your last chance Texaco, your sweetheart of the rodeo, a Juliet to your Romeo, the border your cross into Mexico . . ." Emmy, you can be all those things to me."
Poignant journey of the soul
Maudeen Wachsmith | Port Townsend, WA | 09/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Emmylou Harris's first solo CD in five years is a beautiful, thought-provoking and emotional CD. That said, it is certainly does her and her fans a disservice to call it "country." This CD while appealing to fans of "alternative country" might be better labeled, if you want to put a label on it at all, as "folk rock" appealing to those who like Sarah MacLachlan rather than those who like Faith Hill. Emmylou wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 12 cuts on this CD and one can't help but think they are at least partially autobiographical. Particularly poignant is "Bang the Drum Slowly" which is about her father and includes the line, "were you deceived by the likes of me" suggesting perhaps that her father didn't exactly support her choice of careers or perhaps to her political views. With "My Baby Needs a Shepherd" she continues on her poignant journey of the soul. The arrangement of the duet with Dave Matthews, "My Antonia" is as good as any she's ever done. The background vocals of "The Boss" (Bruce Springsteen) on "Tragedy" add to its emotional message. Also enjoyable are the background vocals of the understated but oh so beautiful voice of Julie Miller on several of the cuts.I love this CD and can't stop listening to it nearly a week after its release. In fact, I like it more and more with each listen. It's highly recommended by this long time (25+ years) Emmylou fan."