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  • Summary: The country music legend releases her first solo album of original songs since 1998.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Long Line of Heartaches should earn her a place alongside genre vets like Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, whose late-career albums have ranked among their strongest work.
  2. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    They're all delivered, with copious amounts of steel and Telecaster, by Smith's soulful pipes, which are now thickened a bit with age, but still clear, powerful, and emotionally compelling.
  3. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    Long Line of Heartaches sounds like an old Nashville record.
  4. Oct 20, 2011
    70
    Hitting a sweet spot between honky-tonk and the more sophisticated Nashville Sound of yore, Long Line of Heartaches delivers unapologetically traditional fare without resorting to self-conscious nostalgia.
  5. Oct 12, 2011
    67
    Smith teamed with Marty Stuart for pure, rich, no-frills country music.
  6. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    The ballads don't quite work--I'm Not Blue and Russell's Ain't You Even Gonna Cry sound detached and forced, more like excerpts from a musical than songs in their own right. On the more upbeat numbers, though, she's terrific.