Emmylou Harris - Heartaches & Highways

Emmylou Harris
The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches & Highways

(Rhino/Warner Bros.)

First Appeared in The Music Box, August 2005, Volume 12, #8

Written by John Metzger

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Emmylou Harris is no stranger to career retrospectives. Considering she scored 27 Top 10 singles, her popularity certainly has warranted the issuance of a pair of greatest hits packages (Profile and Profile II), and four years ago, Rhino assembled the two-disc, 44-track Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, which successfully summarized her recordings for the label. Her most recent compilation is The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches & Highways, and in essence, it bridges the gaps between all three of these outings, while adding a handful of selections from her recent artistic re-emergence. Perhaps what is most intriguing about the set, however, is that Harris herself selected the songs. In sequencing them in loosely-knit chronological order, she allows the tunes not only to inform one another, but also to chart a clear path that connects past to present in such a manner as to highlight the focused clarity of her artistic vision. From Boulder to Birminghamís devastating loss to the aching, tender beauty of To Know Him Is to Love Him; from the sparse traditionalism of Wayfaring Stranger to her jangly update of Green Pastures; and from the ethereal ambience of Michelangelo to the treacherous tale of Townes Van Zandtís Pancho & Lefty, Harris paints a strikingly diverse, if not definitive, portrait of her abilities, and in the process, she effectively demonstrates the profound impact that she has had upon the music industry. starstarstarstar

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48th Annual Grammy Award Winner:
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
The Connection

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Ratings

1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!

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