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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album so far in 2011, 13 July 2011
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The subject says it for me. It's all to do with personal taste and my ears haven't heard a better album this year - so far.

I have to disagree with Nick Barraclough about the songs here not being up to her usual standard. I think that most of them are better. If I play the whole album and then want to play a couple of tracks again, I'm now torn between all thirteen as to what to pick. I also think "The Road" is better than "Boulder To Birmingham", although the latter is a brilliant song.

Great tracks include the aforementioned "The Road", "My Name Is Emmett Till", "Goodnight Old World", "Lonely Girl", "The Ship on His Arm", "Nobody", "Cross Yourself" and "Hard Bargain" (my favourite, which shows she is still a wonderful interpreter of others' songs - and Ron Sexsmith is a brilliant songsmith - no pun intended); Gosh - that's nearly all of them.

It's just Emmylou, Jay Joyce and Giles Reaves making the music and both guys are brilliant. Emmylou's voice is as good as ever, with that breathy frailty present as usual. She sings all the vocals (no female backing singers required) and her voice is still magnificent whilst, on almost all tracks, she accompanies herself on guitar. Messrs Joyce and Reaves play everything else - Reaves is a very interesting multi-instrumentalist who has released a couple of albums which sound very new age to me, which I am interested in exloring.

So, all in all, Emmylou remains a fine interpreter of others' songs, but her own writing is becoming stellar. For me, she has not put a foot wrong since "Wrecking Ball" and, at 64, looks fabulous in the photos and sounds just as great. I'm still a recent convert to her music and can only tell you how I feel about her music since I fell in love with her. I don't have all the albums, so would not try to argue with anyone who comments that this is not as good as other albums. All I know is that this album "does it for me" in a big way and I'm pleased to have fallen in love with her and her music.

Here's to the next collection of wonderful songs.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2011 10:16:25 BDT
Red on Black says:
I like this review Geoff very well done. This album is a real grower.

Regards R o B

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 20:14:07 GMT
Miss C. Lynn says:
If you have not listened to it - try "Ballad of Sally Rose" - in my opinion her best ever album.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 20:36:45 GMT
Cloudberry says:
I have "Ballad of Sally Rose" and like the album very much. I think, though, that she has developed her songwriting and singing greatly since then (1986?). "Hard Bargain", for me, is just about the most complete album. I don't have all her albums, but I have loved all her recent material.
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