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The most tender evocation of loss...,
This review is from: Sweet Old World (Audio CD)Buy this album if only for one track: Sweet Old World. About losing a loved one, presumably to suicide, but not necessarily limited to that, it is almost too sad for words. Its ability to capture musically the ethereal, confused, and single-minded detachment from the world we can feel shortly after losing someone dearest is a mark of great musicianship.
But where it is so utterly successful is in realising a lyrical ambition of not expecting the listener to indulge the singer, to share their burden of grief, to help them through the night as it were, which is so often the object of even a great ballad. Instead she simply draws you in gently, unassumingly, until you realise your very own experiences of profound loss could be - are - being described.
Covered masterfully elsewhere by Emmylou Harris with the help of Daniel Lanois, this is an unusually brilliant song. Sung as it is here by its own author, it cannot be bettered as one of the greatest country ballads ever made.