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Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball

Holly Gleason, Paste, 8 April 2014

WHEN EMMYLOU HARRIS MADE Wrecking Ball, the atmospheric meditation on the unbearable lightness of being, it appeared the diaphanous vocalist had been gate-checked by the hardcore country music she'd lifted up, made cool and given a hipster sheen that was based on getting back to its roots. With nothing to lose, she enlisted U2 producer Daniel Lanois and surrendered to what the tides of great songs sensitively — and evocatively — rendered could yield.

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