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. 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.
  3. Harris' take on Tracy Chapman's 'All That You Have Is Your Soul' is definitive, and 'Beyond the Great Divide' provides a sublime closing to an album that was well worth the wait.
  4. Restrained, graceful and poised, the lady remains country music's finest ambassador. [July 2008, p.103]
  5. 80
    Harris is as proud, painful, and plaintive as ever here, dripping with life and dealing in dire certainties. But she never gets heavy about it, and in places sounds lighter than air.
  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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