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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
    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.
  2. 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.
  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.