‘Stumble Into Grace’ had continued in a similar style to 'Wrecking Ball' and 'Red Dirt Girl'; the three had marked a departure from the pure country sound of her earlier work.
Shores of White Sand
Broken Man’s Lament
How Could She Sing The Wildwood Flower
All That You Have Is Your Soul
Old Five And Dimers Like Me
Sailing Around The Room
Beyond The Great Divide
Driven by the beautiful voice and acoustic guitar, the songs are closely connected by the recurring themes of love, loss and longing.
The stand-out tracks include ‘Gold’ (with Dolly Parton on harmony vocals) and ‘Sailing Round The Room‘. The former may be familiar from it's recent performance on Later with Jools Holland. The latter concerns a person on the point of death happily realising that their soul will live on in a multitude of existences.
There are no weak tracks (did you really think there would be?), no filler material; this is a very satisfying collection of excellent songs delivered by the finest voice around.
Established Emmylou Harris fans will find the new CD absolutely essential. Newcomers will find it an excellent entry into a truly remarkable world.
The songs here should of course form the centrepiece of Emmylou’s forthcoming European tour. For details of the venues and dates pop along to: http://www.emmylouharris.com/ and/or: http://www.emmylou.net/