Sing the Delta

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  • Summary: The first release of original songs from the singer-songwriter in 16 years focuses on life on the Arkansas delta.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. DeMent craves stuff she can "see and touch," but her songwriting makes do just fine with feeling.
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    90
    Sing the Delta... conveys a one-of-a-kind perspective that, somehow, manages to be as unassuming and humble as it is powerful and authoritative.
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    88
    On this quiet beauty of an album, she once again makes a virtue of her modesty.
  4. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    Her patience has rewarded us with a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power.
  5. Oct 5, 2012
    80
    It's been 16 years since her last album of original material, and Sing the Delta is her weightiest album yet in that regard.
  6. Oct 3, 2012
    70
    There's little that moves one to sing along here, unfortunately. The tempos are all slow, dramatic, and melancholy.
  7. DeMent cuts through the sheen with a simplicity that reaches back through decades.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Oct 29, 2012
    10
    Ms. DeMent's piano playing and gospel-tinged folk singing are nothing but beautiful inspiration for life's reflective and reverent moments.Ms. DeMent's piano playing and gospel-tinged folk singing are nothing but beautiful inspiration for life's reflective and reverent moments. There is a true feeling of heaven and home within. Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2015
    9
    Getting back to her roots, Iris Dement's first album of original music in 16 years is a triumphant return. Her songs of heartbreak, love,Getting back to her roots, Iris Dement's first album of original music in 16 years is a triumphant return. Her songs of heartbreak, love, family, and religion are steeped in her childhood in the Arkansas Delta. Her songwriting is so personal and powerful you often need to listen to songs multiple times to fully appreciate their depth. Her voice may not be for everyone but is is perfect for the songs that she writes. Listening to Iris sing you will be moved. All I can say is that I hope that I don't have to wait another 16 years for the next album of her songwriting. Expand

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