Down Beat (p.54) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's among her more directly emotive statements and often pays tribute to the departed....HARD BARGAIN is an aesthetic feast..."Billboard (p.48) - "She gets her twang on for the songs 'Six White Cadillacs' and 'Big Black Dog,' while 'Cross Yourself' closes the album on a soulful and deservedly triumphant note."Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he pounding, evocative opener 'The Road' recalls her touring time with Gram Parsons, while the sparse strum of 'Darlin' Kate' is a fine tribute to the McGarrigle sister who died last year."
Rolling Stone (p.57) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]allads like the title track and the Springsteen-esque 'Beyond My Wildest Dreams' are world-wise and gently gorgeous."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "[T]he tension between their vocal personas -- she's ever hopeful, he's relentlessly glum -- is the highlight of ALL THE ROADRUNNING." -- Grade: B-Uncut (p.126) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "When Harris is upfront -- as on the wonderfully delicate 'Rollin' On' or 'Love And Happiness' -- it's sublime, emotive stuff."Dirty Linen (p.49) - "When it comes to artistic integrity, commercial appeal, and sheer transcendency, it doesn't get much better than this."No Depression (p.125) - "[A] remarkably cohesive album...sonically every track here sounds like it belongs..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 --- "[W]hen translating his trademark languorous picaresques into his'n'hers arrangements the result is a series of ordinary life duets that...suggest moments of sun-setting harmony at the end of tired lives. Real hardcore country..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.89) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "At the heart of the records' seamless elegance are Harris' impeccable taste in choosing material and the understated intensity of her performances."
Entertainment Weekly (7/28/95, p.63) - "Fiddler/singer/songwriter Lewis and her Grant Street mandolinist-vocalist duet on a graceful album that mixes soft country and harder, banjo-happy bluegrass. At times reminiscent of Emmylou Harris' pairings with Ricky Skaggs..." - Rating: A
Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]his new sound is a perfect setting for McEntire, whose voice suggests the expressiveness of Dolly Parton, the forcefulness of Carole King, and the textured restraint of Emmylou Harris."
Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "A galaxy of roots-music stars, including Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Steve Earle, toast the beloved songwriter's 70th birthday."Uncut (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Emmylou Harris and John Prine bring out the border-town ennui of 'Magnolia Wind' like two old hands who've ben there more than once....Ultimately, Clark's songs are left to speak for themselves, which is just as it should be."
Uncut (p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Dustbowl memoir 'California Okie' and 'Play Together Again,' with Emmylou Harris, both throwbacks to his honky-tonk roots, stand out."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Wedding her Kentucky coalminer's daughter voice to George Jones's phrasing and Emmylou Harris's restraint, she gives each song an unforced intimacy."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t ploughs a similar country furrow to The Byrds' then-just-released SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO, but with more emphasis on the kind of yearning ballads which Gram Parson would later sing with Emmylou Harris..."
Rolling Stone (7/8-7/22/99, p.154) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...the artists on this collection...concoct the sonic stew that Parsons called 'cosmic American music'....There's not a bad track among the thirteen here....Parsons fans won't be disappointed..."Spin (8/99, p.152) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Because many of the acts on ANGEL share parson's love for country tragedy along with his remove from it...they take the same freedoms with his songs that he took with his source material..."Entertainment Weekly (7/23/99, p.67) - "...plays it straight, with most contributors confident enough to just play the songs, not reinvent them..." - Rating: B+CMJ (6/14/99, p.26) - "...a beautifully orchestrated collection of some of [Gram Parsons'] most influential songs, covered by artists who owe much to his powerful yet subtle brilliance..."Dirty Linen (12/99-1/00, pp.70-1) - "...once the list of the top 10 tribute albums of the decade is tallied up this one has a good chance of making the list."
Uncut (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese soulful honky-tonk songs are given further heft by guest vocalists Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless and Buddy Miller..."No Depression (p.67) - "Burton's muscular riffs, Perkin's smart embellishments, and the granite-solid Hardin-Tutt-Tallent rhythm section offers a flawless, cohesive foundation..."Q (Magazine) (p.135) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "These classically-styled honky tonk tunes, particularly 'I'm Almost Back,' kick the dust in the eyes of any number of big-hat Alan Jackson clones."
Rolling Stone (p.62) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Her girlishly seductive vocals are more versatile than ever; she sounds like Lucinda Williams' clean-living little sis on the gorgeous, full-moon ballad 'Happy'..."Spin (p.60) - Ranked #13 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[Lewis] breezes through the back pages of country soul with an easy but therapy-deep self-awareness."Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "Consider Lewis the Emmylou Harris of the Silverlake set, her exquisite voice masking smart, tart lyrics..." -- Grade: A-Q (p.122) - Ranked #27 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[with] some wonderfully rich arrangements."Uncut (p.78) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he album is elevated by the breathy gospel harmonies of the Watson twins, a pair of blue-eyed soul sisters from Kentucky..."
Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "He's got the doomed romanticism of Townes Van Zandt, and his slurry voice shines with backup from Emmylou Harris and dad James."Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he likes of 'If The Creek Don't Rise,' 'Changing Of The Seasons' and 'Coyote Creek' evoke an irresistible air of American romanticism."Clash (magazine) - "Dylan LeBlanc does excel in songcraft, belying his years to produce something remarkably mature and confident."Uncut (magazine) (p.90) - "[Dylan is] blessed with a beautiful, smoky voice, which melts wistfully into the pedal steel of sometime Burrito Brother Wayne Bridge. It's quite lovely..."Uncut (magazine) (p.35) - Ranked #34 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums of 2010" -- "[A] measured, rueful take on outlaw folk.."
Rolling Stone (4/25/02, p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Heavy on billowy ballads and rife with lazy lyrics...she invites a studioful of illustrious classic rockers and alternative types to add social richness to [the] album..."Spin (May 2002, pp.118-119) - 7 out of 10 - "...Crow's the great equalizer-- finding the middle of a wide variety of roads is the essence of her art....[imagine] a world where the Dixie Chicks and Stevie Nicks and Emmylou Harris and Dr. Dre's bass player can all ride the same tour bus..."Entertainment Weekly (4/19/02, pp.70-71) - "...[Crow] is a supreme craftsperson....C'MON C'MON is rooted in old-school Cali pop but somehow manages never to sound fusty or musty..." - Rating: B+Q (4/02, p.111) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Crow still rocks....A real pro...[with] no sign of a midlife crisis..."Mojo (Publisher) (5/02, p.98) - "...Crow locates her inner Skynyrd..."
Spin (11/01, p.136) - 8 out of 10 - "...Williams codified country's mix of personal tragedy and communal spirituality. [His] songs have lived full lives of their own by now, and the best contributions here heed the music as well as the myth..."Entertainment Weekly (11/02/01, p.79) - "...Classy..." - Rating: AUncut (12/01, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...As tributes go, TIMELESS is pretty stellar..."No Depression (11-12/01, p.140) - "...A terrific collection..."
"They rock like bareknuckle boxers through DELIVERY MAN songs and a sprinkling of hits..." Uncut
"They rock like bareknuckle boxers through DELIVERY MAN songs and a sprinkling of hits..." Uncut
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Recorded in Nashville in three days, it's tight and uncluttered, with fiddle and dobro accenting jaunty bluegrass-folk corkers such as 'Hidden Shame.'"Spin (p.88) - "With alchemical highlights that include back-porch footstompers, torchy weepers, and a tenderhearted, set-closing waltz, SECRET testifies to the merits of aging gracefully."Billboard (p.33) - "[On] 'My All Time Doll,' one of the strongest cuts, Jeff Taylor's accordion shades the desperation in Costello's lyric with just the right amount of sarcasm."Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album is] reminiscent of ALMOST BLUE's country covers, recorded nearly three decades ago....All good stuff..."Record Collector (magazine) (pp.80-81) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] weighty addition to a body of work that continues to buck trends and restlessly seek out fresh adventures."Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Red Cotton,' the last of the Andersen songs, is the most gripping ballad entry....[This is] his most engaging album in a very long time."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the evocative narrative of 'The Late John Garfield Blues' and the gentle disillusionment of 'Paradise' that truly hit home..."Uncut (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This terrific live album, cleverly edited from random shows over the last decade, is likely to satiate admirers of every stripe."
"They rock like bareknuckle boxers through DELIVERY MAN songs and a sprinkling of hits..."Uncut
Rolling Stone (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Even the ballads bristle with force. As these thirteen songs rattle and rumble along, it's easy to miss their depth, their incisive mapping of the places where love, obsession and anger intersect."Rolling Stone (p.142) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "Costello's best full-on rock album since BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE..."Uncut (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is a strong and lusty country-punk album placing him in Tom Waits or Neil Young territory....He hasn't sounded this energized for years."Uncut (p.76) - Ranked #34 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "A strong country influence with lots of steel guitar..."CMJ (p.5) - "[I]t's done right....Elvis welcomes guest Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams to add the heartbreak you can only get from male/female vocal interplay."Mojo (Publisher) (p.62) - Ranked #41 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "A fun Costello album? You're looking at it."Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 5 stars out of 5 - "So: songs terrific, band sensational, and - big plus - Costello's voice late-developing way beyond that pinched whine into an instrument of substance and character."
Rolling Stone (9/3/92, p.68) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...SWEET OLD WORLD will go a long way toward establishing Lucinda Williams as one of popular music's treasures. In her voice, we can hear the sound of desire itself..."Entertainment Weekly (10/9/92, p.60) - "...A gifted singer-songwriter whose stark portraits of people on the edge are long on empathy and short on sentimentality..." - Rating: B+Q (12/92, p.141) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...In a clear and soft voice, she plies us with tales of unequivocal simplicity, and above-average lyrics in a soft-rocking style that marries old partners Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris..."Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #11 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.Jazziz (Dec.-Jan./92, p.95) - Picked by critic Frank-John Hadley as one of the 10 best albums of 1992.Stereo Review (12/92, p.94) - "...She delivers her searing lines without artificial sentiment or extraneous embellishment, just a wrenching directness that nourishes the spirit and knows no detour to the heart..."Audio Magazine (12/92, p.154) - "...SWEET OLD WORLD shows Lucinda to be a riveting writer and performer whose apparent simplicity is merely the entranceway to a rewarding artist of depth..."Reflex (12/15/92, p.76) - "...Lucinda Williams has a lazy lull to her voice, a slow poignant quiver that makes it just the one to sing to bar room romantics..."
Entertainment Weekly (5/11/01, p.81) - "...Explores the Appalachian roots of country, bluegrass, and folk with an almost all-female lineup. Goosebump-good performances abound..." - Rating: BNo Depression (5-6/01, p.138) - "...It's all good. Well-chosen songs, beautifully played..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/7/03, p.70) - "...Sterling results....[the tribute] runs the Shania-to-Sinead gamut..." - Rating: A-Uncut (1/04, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he post-Porter Parton finally gets a golden handshake from her peers. And some line-up it is."Mojo (Publisher) (1/04, p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 - "In storytelling and melody, the elegance, economy and heartfelt clarity of Parton's writing deserves comparison with not only Hank Williams or Johnny Cash but George Gershwin or Irving Berlin."
Rolling Stone (9/27/01, pp.68-9) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...POET has the feel of a gang of old friends passing around an acoustic guitar and a bottle of Van Zandt's preferred libation..."Spin (11/01, p.136) - 7 out of 10 - "...Van Zandt wrote songs for others to sing...as though he's waiting for a more sentimental type to soften his hard truths with a sweeter voice. That frees the performers here to flesh out his words..."Q (8/02, p.136) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A truly stellar cast bring their varying styles to bear on 15 songs..."No Depression (9-10/01, pp.128-9) - "...Van Zandt's songs almost invariably bring out the best qualities in the artists who perform them..."
Entertainment Weekly (4/10/98, p.67) - "Great soudntracks can fashion a mood while defining a genre, and this wistul alt-country & western set does just that, whil mostly avoiding the best-seller's bald sentimentality..."- Rating: A-
Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he's made a superb series of gospel recordings...[with] a 'Move On Up' that sounds as though it escaped from Sun Studios..."Paste (magazine) (p.57) - "[S]he dips deeply into gospel traditions....The record retains Griffin's unquenchable yearning for the heavenly world to come."