Hard Bargain Her voice revealing cracks as fine as her white hair, Harris actually sounds better — more open and passionate — on Hard Bargain than she… Hard Bargain Her voice revealing cracks as fine as her white hair, Harris actually sounds better — more open and passionate — on Hard Bargain than she… 2011-04-26 Emmylou Harris Folk Nonesuch
Music Review

Hard Bargain (2011)

Emmylou Harris, Hard Bargain | BLUEGRASS BABE Emmylou Harris
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BLUEGRASS BABE Emmylou Harris
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 26, 2011; Lead Performance: Emmylou Harris; Genre: Folk; Production: 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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Originally posted Apr 12, 2011 Published in issue #1151-1152 Apr 22, 2011 Order article reprints
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