Album Details

RELEASE
April 08, 2003
LABEL
Raven
GENRES
Country, Country-Rock, Traditional Country, Progressive Country, Contemporary Country

Album Review

The second volume of Singin' With Emmylou, a collection of duets and backing vocal appearances by Emmylou Harris, is no barrel scraper. If anything it is even more eclectic than the first. If Volume 1 offered names and historical country music and pop figures, Volume 2 offers the other side of Harris' contributions -- some to lesser-known artists, some to artists well outside of the country music confines, and some appearances with grand legends. The set opens with a duet of Harris with Johnny Cash. The song "As Long as I Live" is a Roy Acuff classic. Coming from Cash's 1988 collaborative album "Water From the Well," it is easily the strongest track on it. Along the way there are some soundtrack appearances such as her duet with Patty Griffin on Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Way Beyond the Blue," from the film Where the Heart Is. It is one of Harris' most stirring performances in the last 20 years having a foil that is every bit her vocal equal. There are some killer performances of Harris singing with Bill Monroe, the late Nicolette Larson, Lucinda Williams, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker as well. On the work of lesser known but wildly talented artists such as Barry and Holly Tashian, the Kendalls, Matraca Berg, German country legend Tom Astor, guitarist Albert Lee, Jim & Jesse, Bobbie Cryner, Mike Auldridge, the Woodys, and Billy Joe Shaver, Harris is a forcer who pushes at the margins in the heart of a song, coaxing phenomenal performances -- in most cases from those she is supporting. In Lee's case, nothing could help the song; it sucks eggs and he can't sing to save his life. The duet with Mary Black on Eleanor McEvoy's "Only a Woman's Heart" from 1995 is burning in its honesty. This is a soul-on-fire collaboration despite the balladic nature of the song. Its understatement adds so much weight to the melody and tempo that these women seem to carry the weight of the world inside them. Coming as it does in the middle of the album, it's almost difficult to go on, but there are more jewels, in the mix, but only one of them shines this blue, black, and brilliant, and that's the aforementioned "Beyond the Blue," which seems to be the answer to this one. Look for more volumes in this excellent series because there's plenty more where this came from.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. As Long as I Live
  2. The Last Time (Geh Nicht Allein)
  3. My Baby's Gone
  4. High Lonesome
  5. Greenville
  6. I'm Going Crazy in 3/4 Time
  7. Sweet Believer
  8. Dreamin' My Dreams
  9. Only a Woman's Heart
  10. Appalachian Rain
  11. Too May Tears to Late
  12. Beyond the Blue
  13. I'll Take My Time Going Home
  14. Flower in the Desert
  15. Kentucky Waltz
  16. Billy Tyler
  17. Beneath a Painted Sky
  18. When You Get a Little Lonely
  19. Stormy Weather
  20. Sweet Bed of Feeling