Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Artists like Iris DeMent aren't supposed to exist anymore in this cynical world. Singing unironically about family, forgiveness, and other real-life mysteries, DeMent is accompanied on this great debut by little more than ... more »
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Artists like Iris DeMent aren't supposed to exist anymore in this cynical world. Singing unironically about family, forgiveness, and other real-life mysteries, DeMent is accompanied on this great debut by little more than acoustic guitar, upright bass, piano, and an occasional fiddle. But the songs (especially the bittersweet "Our Town" and the grand dreams of "Mama's Opry") are more than smart and honest enough to bear standing so naked. And her singing--highlighting a sweet Ozark twang--is that rarest of gifts: a wise, friendly voice that can break your heart even as it's making it swell with a reason to love again. --David Cantwell
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Perhaps the greatest living musical artist in america
trastevere | rome, italy | 12/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why not a bit of hyperbole? This lady deserves it as much as anybody else! And in our demented, depraved, Brittany dominated trash heap of a culture, I'm for just about any non-violent tactic available to get people to wake up and rediscover something they may have forgotten, called life.
iris dement has a funny voice for the plastic america in which it finds itself. it's got twang and lilt and other visitations from another planet, and it hasn't been sterilized of its humanity. it seems to sing only songs which seem to resound with truth, with authenticity.
is this voice a gift from a simpler age? a visitation from a higher power? how did it get past the conformity police of our dark age?
perhaps it's best not to ask questions. just to raise thanks for the restorative power of what we've been given.