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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B000002N5K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Iris DeMent's 1994 My Life is the best country album released in the 1990s. Yet with its gorgeous string-band arrangements and its heartbreaking tales of home and family, it's so timeless it could just as easily have been released in the '30s as the '90s. By contrast, there's no mistaking which decade DeMent's album, The Way I Should, comes from, with its crossover-country sound and its references to Calvin Klein, MTV, child abuse, "quality time", and Beavis and Butt-head. Nonetheless DeMent's twangy Arkansas soprano and detail-filled lyrics are as sharply original as ever. DeMent's voice seems to glow on "This Kind of Happy", a love song co-written with her outspoken admirer, Merle Haggard, and on the prayer-like "Keep Me God". --Geoffrey Himes

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This is an angry album. Wasteland of the Free describes modern-day America where CEOs 'earn' 300 times the worker's wage. Quality Time satirises those parents who lavish everything on their children but love and attention. Wall in Washington describes the awful waste of life in Vietnam. But it's not all bleak. Iris has a lovely voice and a talent for tunes that you just can't get out of your head. Buy this album and Infamous Angel too!
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Iris has been polarizing opinions and confounding expectations throughout her career and this, the third of her four albums to date, is no exception. Everything she does is heartfelt and musically satisfying but, being so varied, will not always be to your taste. She loses some fans and gains others with each release.
Some of the songs here hark back to the style of 60s protest songs, especially There's a Wall in Washington and Wasteland of the Free. I personally found the former (about the Vietnam commemorative wall) heartbreakingly powerful, whereas the latter came over as too strident and simplistic.
I still love Iris best when she is light and lyrical, as she is on my favourite track, When My Morning Comes Around. But long may she extend her thematic range and continue to explore new avenues of creativity. Listen to her with an open mind and an open heart and you may well fall in love with her too.
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If you liked Iris' earlier CDs this may come as a shock. It's protest music for the 90's (and 21st C?). There's a lot of anger here, directed at modern society, the post gulf-war histrionics, war in general, child abuse and so on. But Iris' unique singing style is still there, and her warmth. And it's not all protest, This Kind of Happy, Walkin' Home, and Keep me God echo the pathos of her earlier Our Town. It will be interesting to see where Iris' song-writing goes after this.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2004
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This album is very different from Infamous angel and My life, her first two albums that had an old-timey feel to them, with lyrics based on themes that are standard fare in country music. Here, Iris updates her sound - it has a more contemporary feel without selling out - but (more significantly) her lyrics are very different, dealing with the kind of political issues in the tradition of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. As I've indicated elsewhere, I can enjoy political music even when I don't agree with the opinions expressed. Not everybody can, a fact that Iris seems to acknowledge in the liner notes, in which she declared that she was willing (if necessary) to lose a lot of fans because it was important to express her views. So Iris may have lost some fans due to the lyrics and other fans due to the more contemporary sound, but this is a fine album well worth hearing.
In one song, Wasteland of the free, Iris rages about the hypocrisy of preachers who don't behave in a manner befitting their status, politicians dependant on corporate finance, wealthy businessmen opposed to minimum wages, children with guns, children with poor reading ability and going to war over oil. That's quite a lot to pack into one song.
Perhaps the song most likely to alienate fans with conservative views is Quality time. Iris discusses a wealthy family in which the parents don't have much time for the family. Clearly such families don't lead their lives in a way that Iris approves of.
Letter to Mom, a song about child abuse, is (thankfully) not a story about Iris or her mother but I'm assuming that Iris had somebody in mind when writing this song, as she feels so strongly about it.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2013
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Iris DeMent is one of my favourite contemporary singers, bringing a passionate, keening urgency to every song she sings. She`s given herself a lot to be passionate and even angry about on this superb album from 1996.
There are at least three instant classics here, the moving Walkin` Home, the lovely and terminally tuneful opener When My Morning Comes Around, and the astonishing Wasteland Of The Free, a song spat out with such righteous ire that it could happily grace any record by, say, Steve Earle. A tremendous song.
I`ll Take My Sorrow Straight (a very Iris title) is more obviously `country` and no less memorable for that. This lady is nominally a country singer, but an artist this good transcends genre.
This Kind Of Happy is a mellow love song, slow and dreamy and sensual.
The title track features the organ playing of Chuck Leavell, as well as Tammy Rogers` fiddle, on a sparkling uptempo number with a nice, brief guitar solo from none other than the ubiquitous Mark Knopfler - who hasn`t he played for!
The rest of this glorious album is equally as likeable and as memorable. Letter To Mom is a (fictional, as Iris makes clear in a booklet note) tale of child abuse, set to a straight mid-tempo backing, but it`s another song on which she sings with enough fervour to swing a jury.
Keep Me God is another song touched with indignation, an anti-church - though not anti-religion - rant sung in her gutsy, muscular contralto.
Walkin` Home is a killer ballad, one of those songs that Iris has on each of her albums which sounds as if its always been around (like her earlier Our Town or Let The Mystery Be, for example.) She accompanies herself soulfully on piano on this beautiful song.
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