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Already celebrated as a discoverer and interpreter of other artists’ songs, 12-time Grammy Award–winner Emmylou Harris has, in the last decade, become admired as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. On Hard Bargain, her third Nonesuch disc, she offers 11 original songs—three of them co-written with Grammy– and ... Read more in Amazon's Emmylou Harris Store

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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00004WZOJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
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Her Nonesuch debut is her first album of new material since the 300,000-selling, Grammy-winning "Wrecking Ball" of 1995 - and is an almost fully self-penneed effort. Produced by Malcolm Burn who engineered for Daniel Lanois on the last album, RED DIRT GIRL features Buddy Miller (guitar), Ethan Johns (guitar), Daryl Johnson (bass), Carlo Nuccio (drums). Recorded in New Orleans, the album includes a guest appearance by Dave Matthews (who duets oh "My Antonia"), plus vocal backup from Bruce Springsteen and Patty Scialfa ("Tragedy"), Kate McGarrigle, Jill Cuniff, and Patty Griffin.


Consider this Emmylou Harris's emancipation proclamation--an album that confirms that 1995's adventurously atmospheric Wrecking Ball wasn't an aberration, but a preview of more radical changes to come. Long the godmother of alternative-country's traditionalist wing, Harris here writes songs with Luscious Jackson's Jill Cunniff, sings a duet with Dave Matthews ("My Antonia"), and recruits Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa to provide harmonies on the album's most compelling ballad ("Tragedy"). The production by Malcolm Burn applies sonic treatments of drum machines, shimmering guitars, and echoed vocals to a song cycle by Harris that is largely original and deeply personal, filled with dream imagery and evocations of a spiritual quest. While material such as "Michaelangelo" and "Bang the Drum Slowly" suffers from an arty ponderousness, it's doubtful that Harris has ever recorded an album that means more to her than this one. --Don McLeese

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Very entertaining every song is good.
James Macallair
And this is a remarkable album from a great artist, one that will appeal to anyone who simply likes good music.
E. M. Carey
The lyrics are beautiful, as well as the melody's and Emmylou's voice.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's unfortunate that this is going to get stuck in the country section of the music store, because like it's predecesor "Wrecking Ball" (one of the few undisputed GREAT albums of the 90s), Emmy's new music is beyond any classifications. Is it rock? Is it folk? Is it tribal? Is it country? None of the above, but all at once, really.
After flexing her songwriting muscles again with "The Western Wall" album with Linda Ronstadt (a skill which had more or less remained dormant for over a decade), Emmylou manages to come up with 11 new songs of her own for this release, and they don't pale beside the great tunes she recorded on "Wrecking Ball." In fact, it makes it even more poignant that these words are coming FROM her rather than just THROUGH her like last time around, and on previous 90s outings.
While Daniel Lanois provided a rejuvination in Emmylou's creativity, he's absent her -- stuck somewhere in the studio with U2 far far away, a band that takes a notoriously long time to finish an album. His "Wrecking Ball" partner in crime, Malcolm Burn, takes over instead -- and pushes the sound they were going for last time even further. And while some complain that the Lanois sound is muddy or difficult to wade through, I say "Too bad for you!" Lanois has coaxed some of the best work out of artists as wide ranging as Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, U2, the Neville Brothers, Robbie Robertson and many others.
Burn, who participated on many of those artists albums, had a few of his own tricks as well. He seems to have learned quite a few things from Lanois and the latter's sometimes-partner Brian Eno. "Bang the Drum Slowly" features a beautiful Eno-esque soundscape.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Carey on October 6, 2000
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I didn't think Emmylou could come up with another album as haunting and captivating as "Wrecking Ball." Of course, I was wrong. "Red Dirt Girl" shows Emmylou again at her best, with wonderful songs, melodies and lyrics that highlight her other-worldy voice. From the opening beats of 'The Pearl,' I was totally hooked. So much of the music is totally hers, very distinctly Emmylou. She does an intriguing cover of Patty Griffin's 'One Big Love' and makes it her own. There's also a terrific duet with Dave Matthews as well that is, as is so much of her music, hauntingly beautiful.
I used to say that I hated country music. Well, Emmylou was one of the first to reveal to me the depth and breadth of 'country' and she is now among my all-time favorites. And this is a remarkable album from a great artist, one that will appeal to anyone who simply likes good music. I highly recommend it to everyone, even those who think they don't like country - Emmylou's music defies all characterization except that it's wonderfully unique.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on September 18, 2000
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Emmylou Harris's first solo CD in five years is a beautiful, thought-provoking and emotional CD. That said, it is certainly does her and her fans a disservice to call it "country." This CD while appealing to fans of "alternative country" might be better labeled, if you want to put a label on it at all, as "folk rock" appealing to those who like Sarah MacLachlan rather than those who like Faith Hill.
Emmylou wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 12 cuts on this CD and one can't help but think they are at least partially autobiographical. Particularly poignant is "Bang the Drum Slowly" which is about her father and includes the line, "were you deceived by the likes of me" suggesting perhaps that her father didn't exactly support her choice of careers or perhaps to her political views. With "My Baby Needs a Shepherd" she continues on her poignant journey of the soul. The arrangement of the duet with Dave Matthews, "My Antonia" is as good as any she's ever done. The background vocals of "The Boss" (Bruce Springsteen) on "Tragedy" add to its emotional message. Also enjoyable are the background vocals of the understated but oh so beautiful voice of Julie Miller on several of the cuts.
I love this CD and can't stop listening to it nearly a week after its release. In fact, I like it more and more with each listen. It's highly recommended by this long time (25+ years) Emmylou fan.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Oates Palmer on September 12, 2000
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Emmylou Harris' record Wrecking Ball of 1995 was treated as a sort of watershed moment. Guided by Daniel Lanois into creating an atmospheric, ethereal sound -- much like those he brought to Neville Brothers' Yellow Moon and the two records he produced for Bob Dylan -- Emmylou brought her stellar angelic voice to great songs by Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, and a host of other major figures in the alt-country/folk music. But if the album had a flaw, it's that sometimes Emmylou felt too much like an instrument -- a majestic instrument, yes -- for Lanois' sonic collages. Her albums generally have been her interpretations of other's materials, but still, her own personality generally shone through in her choice of covers, and her re-arrangement of songs, especially on the stellar, indispensible Live at the Ryman collection. If Wrecking Ball was missing something, it was Emmylou's voice to go along with that Voice -- she seemed distant from the heart of the matter.
After assembling a terrific Gram Parsons tribute record, a fine live record with her touring band Spyboy, a second Trio collection with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, and an underrated record with Rondstadt (Western Wall) that featured one of Emmylou's own best compositions, "Raise the Dead," she's returned not just with her first solo studio album in five years, but one of her first records to feature mostly her own material (there's one Patty Griffin cover) since The Ballad of Sally Rose.
At first listen, it may sound like Wrecking Ball II: the low groove, the tight percussion, the echo effects on some of Emmylou's voicework. But then you listen to the lyrics.
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