Kristina Feliciano
September 26, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

With themes like loss and longing, Stumble Into Grace hits blue notes but rarely stumbles. Emmylou Harris wrote most of the songs, and she furnishes them with a ghostly sparseness. She’s also got well-chosen guests: Linda Ronstadt, fellow reedy-voiced triller Jane Siberry, and Jill Cunniff (Luscious Jackson), who cowrote a track. The results are lovely, heartbreaking, and just diffident enough to get perspective on this bittersweet old world.

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