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  • Audio CD (11 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B000002MO6
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Like fellow traveller Victoria Williams, this Kansas City-based singer-songwriter is an acquired--but awfully sweet--taste. DeMent sings in an unmistakeable soprano trill that personifies the high-lonesome feel of the windswept Great Plains, much as her plainspoken lyrics examine the spirit of the people who call them home. Songs like the rending "No Time to Cry" (which looks at a father's death from the perspective of a woman kept from grieving by the demands of a hardscrabble life) and the title track (which examines her own mortality), would do Hank Williams proud. The pre-rock instrumentation enhances the pure country vibe, but it's DeMent's striking presence that makes My Life pure gold. --David Sprague

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By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this CD all afternoon without stopping, and have done so many times before. What else can one say. It is amazing that Iris is not better known. She did fill the Festival Hall the other week, but that was probably because she shared the bill with John Prine. For her own concert a year or more ago it was just the Queen Elizabeth Hall, a good bit smaller ! It is also a great surprise that more artists don't use her songs - she writes them all herself. Kate Rusby did 'Our Town' on 'Sleepless' and it always goes down a treat, but that's all I know of. This woffle is because I don't really know how to start actually describing the songs and the singing - they are so much part of life that I don't know what to say. Often they're very sad, and these are the best ones; life is sad sometimes and it helps to hear someone expressing it so beautifully. Leaving home, loved ones dying, ending relationships, life just not giving what we hoped for - try 'Easy's Getting Harder Every Day', which always produces a sort of great communal sigh at a concert, before the rapturous applause. Do give it a listen, it might enhance your life tremendously. ANd if you like it, try nagging the BBC to show again the first series of 'Transatlantic Sessions', which is where a lot of us in the UK first were transfixed by Iris as she sang 'Our Town' (about leaving the town of her life's living). Ten stars if that were possible !
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2003
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Iris raised a lot of expectations following the success of her debut album, Infamous angel, which I've already reviewed. That album included classics such as Our town and Let the mystery be. This album is of a similar style and quality, but lacks a real classic song. Don't let that put you off - most singers never get songs that good in their entire career, and in any case all the songs here are excellent.

The songs here are very personal, something that should surprise nobody who is familiar with Infamous angel, but ever more so because Iris' father died during the time between the two albums. No time to cry is a song in which Iris explains that she's too busy to spend much time grieving for her father. Childhood memories is about just that.
Iris wrote all but two of the songs, these being covers of Troublesome waters (Mother Maybelle Carter) and Mom and Dad's waltz (Lefty Frizzell). Given the personal nature of the album, these songs are entirely appropriate.
If you have not got any Iris DeMent music, buy Infamous angel first, or buy both together. If you are already familiar with that album, this will give you more of the same style and sound.
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Iris DeMent writes, using simple words about life, love, death, faith, and sings with a beautiful passion that can can't fail to touch you to the very soul. This is her life but you will find many parallels in your life.
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The voice is unique along with the singing style but it all adds up to a worthwhile listen.
the notes on the CD add to the story and to understanding so much more about Iris.
This is more so for the track, no time to cry and I understood the lyrics more.
Take time to listen this, give it time if this is your first time ever hearing Iris Dement.
She does grow on you and listen a great deal more to the lyrics, they are so real.
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This album once appeared in a Guardian list of the best 100 albums. If you listen to it I think you will agree. This is a highly personal collection of songs which almost any grown-up can relate to.
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A really beautiful album which is incredibly moving. The lyrics in many of the tracks are poignant and feel sincere; coupled with the lovely musical sound, which is haunting and lilting, this is an album I can listen to over and over again. One of my favourite albums. I love the richness of her voice and its variety. Superb.
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By Philip Chadwick VINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2014
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Wonderful music, beautifully played - feeds the soul.
Heart felt, pure, clean music - country as it should be.
If you can listen to "no time to cry" without your eyes leaking, there really is something wrong with you.
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This is clearly the strongest of Iris's C/D's.
I was delighted to see it listed in "The Guardian" top one hundred all time albums.
There's no denying the strength, character and uniqueness of this lady's voice, nor the strength of these songs.
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