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Listening to MY LIFE is like thumbing through an old sepia-toned photo album or riding the buckboards on your way home from a little rural church. The high lonesome timbre of Iris DeMent's soprano, the yodeling cry that colors her vocal ornaments, the crystalline grace of her acoustic guitar, all these bespeak a much simpler, more innocent time.And today, when rhinestone cowboys and Arbitron ratings have eclipsed the folk lineage of country music, MY LIFE is a glorious anomaly, a timeless collection of country ballads that don't seek to recapture the past so much as to reconcile the old ways to new feelings. Which is part of what makes her nostalgic interpretations of the gospel tune "Troublesome Waters" and Lefty Frizzell's "Mom & Dad's Waltz" so poignant...yet strangely contemporary.DeMent extols the simple pleasures of her youth on "Childhood Memories," then laments her lost childhood on "No Time To Cry," where she relates the particulars of her father's funeral and uses it as an extended metaphor for adult rites of passage.

Track Listing:
1. Sweet Is the Melody
2. You've Done Nothing Wrong
3. Calling for You
4. Childhood Memories
5. No Time to Cry
6. Troublesome Waters
7. Mom and Dad's Waltz
8. Easy's Gettin' Harder Every Day
9. The Shores of Jordan
10. My Life


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  • Store location: Upper Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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