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Sing The Delta

Iris DeMent Audio CD
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One of the most celebrated country-folk performers, Iris Dement was born in rural Paragould, AR. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music; during her teenage years, she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Flariella
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Go On Ahead And Go Home
2. Before The Colors Fade
3. The Kingdom Has Already Come
4. The Night I Learned How Not To Pray
5. Sing The Delta
6. If That Ain t Love
7. Livin On The Inside
8. Makin My Way Back Home
9. Mornin Glory
10. There s A Whole Lotta Heaven
11. Mama Was Always Tellin Her Truth 12. Out Of The Fire

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Iris DeMent has returned with her first album of original music in 16 years, Sing the Delta . The album brings the delta to life through timeless songs, DeMent s richly evocative voice and support from a cast of first-call musicians including Al Perkins, Reese Wynans, and album co-producers Bo Ramsey and Richard Bennett. Sing The Delta is uplifting and heartbreaking, ripe with twang and soul. Dixie horns, weeping slide guitar balladry and bright, Gospel-tinged piano swirl as Iris contemplates religion, love and family with introspection and imagery that few singer-songwriters can convey. Iris voice soars over a bluesy crawl on 'The Kingdom Has Already Come' while 'The Night I Learned How Not to Pray' is a vivid story about the tragic death of a young boy and subsequent religious reckoning.

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Soulful 2012 album of original material from gospel-influenced country/folk songstress

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant Country Soul 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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet Memories 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to her absolute best but still glorious
Not quite up to her absolute best but still glorious. Her voice grabs your soul and her lyrics are often oustanding. Just wish the lady was more prolific.
Published 2 months ago by Smash
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
superb voice and so adaptable and all songs sung with great feeling and love. extends the collection of her work with this superb album
Published 3 months ago by SquireJay
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull
What a journey ..always Iris Dement takes you for a walk.....sometimes sad and emotional but inspiring....and this album is no exception.......Brilliant....I love it
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey Black
5.0 out of 5 stars CD 'Sing the Delta' by Iris Dement.
I first heard this singers music when one of her tracks was used as a backing track for a film. I then purchased two CD's by the artist and really enjoy the style of music.
Published 5 months ago by Peter J Clarke
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
Not one of Iris Dement best albums. I found the songs quite dull and they all started to sound the same in the end.
Published 7 months ago by manxman
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
As I already have her ' Infamous Angel ' C D which I love to bits , I thought I give this one a go as she has moved on in years and it might be interesting . Read more
Published 7 months ago by twizzle
4.0 out of 5 stars At last Iris.
The long awaited album from Iris De Ment well worth the wait ! Lovely story telling in her music with a voice that brings flavour and understanding .
Published 9 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars wellcome back Iris what a treat to hear you again
Im not great with words but here goes brilliant brilliant brilliant i heard Iris live quite a few years ago in Belfast it was magical if anybody gets the chance to see and hear her... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Agnes Herron
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a suprise
We have listened to Iris as part of Transatlantic Sessions for a number of years. This was the first sosl cd. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elizabeth J Clinton
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth waiting for but.
I loved this album but with reservations over the sound production.
I would love to know why the producer made Iris's vocals slightly indistinct on this album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. B. P. Fitzpatrick
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