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Hard Bargain review - Emmylou Harris | Music | EW.com

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Emmylou Harris, Hard Bargain | BLUEGRASS BABE Emmylou Harris
Rocky Schenck

Hard Bargain

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Emmylou Harris
music label:
81217
genre:
Folk

We gave it a B+

Her voice revealing cracks as fine as her white hair, Harris actually sounds better — more open and passionate — on Hard Bargain than she has since starting her career. Speaking of which, her salute to mentor Gram Parsons, ”The Road,” is lovely nostalgia, and there’s a rare flash of fun cornball humor on ”Big Black Dog.” Her grief over the 2010 death of friend/musician Kate McGarrigle (”Darlin’ Kate”) is palpable. Some of the story-songs are drippy, but that voice remains dry. B+

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