Stumble Into Grace - Emmylou Harris
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Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

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  • Summary: Still going strong at 57, the Grammy-winning artist offers 12 new tracks, with some A-list backing from the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Jill Cunniff, Jane Siberry, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. 100
    You won't hear a more humane, moving or mysterious record all year. [Album of the Month, Oct 2003, p.110]
  2. Lovely, heartbreaking, and just diffident enough to get perspective on this bittersweet old world. [26 Sep 2003, p.94]
  3. 90
    Those who want their Emmylou full of sweet, sad longing will play a quarter of this album to death.... Elsewhere, there's righteous anger and an assertiveness and sexuality to the love songs. [Nov 2003, p.128]
  4. Unlike her recent work, Stumble Into Grace is made up solely of Harris’s work--love songs like “Can You Hear Me Now” that perfectly suit her voice, which is sweet and whispery yet never sentimental.
  5. What's most heartening is that Harris is not only making some of the finest music of her career at a time when many artists would be treading water, but she's delightfully confounding our expectations at the same time.
  6. The poppier bits like Jupiter Rising don't always work, but the darkly gritty Time In Babylon, in particular, shows just how far Harris has pushed the traditional country sound. [Oct 2003, p.104]
  7. Subtle exercises in pushing genre boundaries, these (mostly self-penned) songs deal in profundity without resort to cliche, and they deserve better than to have the life polished out of them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. RogerP
    Sep 27, 2003
    10
    Can't stop playing it.
  2. MikeD
    Feb 16, 2004
    10
    Deeply tragic and haunting, but irresistable. Her voice has never been better.
  3. DanielG
    Sep 30, 2003
    10
    Just great!
  4. LauraHD
    Oct 27, 2003
    10
    This album is very good, heartrending in fact. I wonder if she was thinking of anyone in particular when she wrote many of these lyrics. I would love to know. Collapse
  5. marti
    Oct 31, 2003
    10
    Wonderful!!!
  6. petari
    Oct 30, 2003
    9
    awesome, just love it!
  7. MikeA
    May 6, 2005
    6
    Falls way short of the great Wrecking Ball...

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