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Hard Bargain

Hard BargainHer voice revealing cracks as fine as her white hair, Harris actually sounds better — more open and passionate — on Hard BargainHard BargainFolkHer voice revealing cracks as fine as her white hair, Harris actually sounds better — more open and passionate — on Hard Bargain2011-04-13
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B+

Hard Bargain

Genre: Folk; Lead Performer: Emmylou Harris; Music Label: Nonesuch

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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