All I Intended To Be - Emmylou Harris
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  • Summary: The latest album for the country singer was produced by Brian Ahern with Dolly Parton and Vince Gill as guest vocalists.
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  1. All I Intended to Be, the country legend's first album in five years features terrific, hushed versions of Patty Griffin's ''Moon Song,'' Tracy Chapman's ''All That You Have Is Your Soul,'' and Billy Joe Shaver's ''Old Five and Dimers Like Me.'' But Harris can also turn it on in the songwriting department, as she proves in ''Gold.''
  2. Turns out she gets the balance just right on All I Intended.
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    She draws in appropriate songs by Merle Haggard, Patty Griffin and Jack Wesley Routh, but excels them all with her own 'Not Enough.' [July 2008, p.104]
  4. The material seems to have been chosen for its precision of image and ease of melody, and perhaps for some inherent ruminative languor.
  5. On her new album, Harris has meticulously written and chosen a group of folk and country songs that support the nuances of that voice perfectly.
  6. Minor misgivings aside, All I Intended To Be is another assured latter-day Emmylou Harris long-player.
  7. It suffers from its uniformly dark tone and funereal tempos, and Ahearn’s attempts to sweeten things with an overly polished mix only makes a sad situation worse.

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