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Sing the Delta

1 Oct. 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 2 Oct. 2012
  • Release Date: 1 Oct. 2012
  • Label: FlariElla Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Flariella Records
  • Total Length: 59:07
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  • ASIN: B008YM65PA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,652 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Iris DeMent has waited sixteen years to deliver this precious gift of
an album. Her bitter-sweet voice graces these twelve new compositions
like a long-lost friend; a voice both in and out of time telling it how
it is with pathos and the kind of fragile grace which will tangle up
your heart in a ball of knots if you'll just let it in to find a home.

That Ms DeMent understands the true nature of the blues (even though her
soul is clearly rooted deep in country soil) is self-evident in these seasoned
performances. Her grasp of the traditions of her chosen genre are effortlessly
displayed in the beautiful melodies and uncluttered and refined arrangements.
Her supporting cast of players recognises how best to accompany her with both
sympathy and consummate instrumental skill. Music to make you feel warm inside.

Top tracks would have to include 'Before The Colors Fade', a beautifully
crafted composition full of love and restrained emotion; a box full of fond
and deeply personal memories about the artist's Mother. A sublime invention.
So too title track 'Sing The Delta' with its elegant sweeping and swooping
vocal line, warm brass and gently lilting rhythm. Of the up-tempo numbers
'The Night I Learned How Not To Pray' and 'There's A Whole Lotta Heaven'
lift our spirits (especially the latter with its fruity Hammond organ
decorations) but for my money the melancholy final track 'Out Of The Fire'
saves the best til last. A song to rank with the loveliest we'll hear this year.

Sometimes the simplest things bring the greatest joys.

Highly Recommended.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2012
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Iris Dement is not the most prolific of recording artistes and this collection of original songs is her first album since 2004 and only her fifth release in 20 years.

Iris shares with Lucinda Williams an aching quality to her voice that enables her to deliver the bittersweet sentiments of her songs with such passion and emotion. She writes about those things that, like many of us, we carry as memories throughout our lives: her mother, her father, her brothers and sisters, her childhood and sorrow, love and grief.

The songs are led by her own piano accompaniment which somehow gives the album the feel of belonging to a different age - the blend of old timey country and gospel, or perhaps it's because her songs express sentiments that are no longer fashionable.

The wistful, melancholy lyrics of each song are underpinned by that haunting piano and some glorious but understated Hammond B3, tenor sax, trumpet, bass, 12 string guitar and a National steel guitar. The band is never intrusive but delicately echoes the beauty of the melodies and the tender readings of her poetry.

She recalls her mother in "Before The Colours Fade":

"Before the colours fade from view
I sit alone remembering you
And all those things you'd say and do.
And the feel of being next to you
The angles of your sweet old face
The voice that filled my life with grace
I walk as through a sacred place
Before the colours fade"

with piano and National steel playing an accompaniment of such subtle beauty.

"Morning Glory" has the verse:

"Mornin' Glory, fuschia in green
You sweet little Jezebel in my garden of dreams.
Petals clenched tightly in the late morning sun
My day is just starting, your day is done.

Performed with just a simple piano accompaniment this beautiful song typifies a glorious album
of maturity, intelligence and beauty.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2012
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A new album from Iris Dement is a must-have for anyone who still finds that songs from her earlier Infamous Angel ringing around there heads. In Sing the Delta, that mournful, totally distinctive Dement voice sings on - the essence of small-town 1950s America where poor families struggle to make ends meet, tragedies happen to those who are already living desparate lives and prayers are said (but with not much hope of them being answered).

This album presents a very smooth Iris - most of the songs are slow, sad creations and Iris's voice seems to be the very essence of sorrow. The final track, Out of the Fire, is a seven minute classic Dement song, an evocation of gravel roads where grandpa lived with his rusted-out car, a little girl sitting on the seat next to her Mom as they drive home through the back-roads.

One or two of the tracks are a little thin - when she gets a good line she sometimes repeats it rather too often - for example, "there's a Whole lot of heaven shining in this river of tears" gets drummed into your head over and over again and begins to lose its novelty. Generally there is no one song to equal Our Town on Infamous Angel (which has become staple fair for amateur country-folk bands up and down the country). These songs are good, but don't quite have that something extra which will make everyone want to sing them.
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