Brand New Dance

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1990, Emmylou Harris' run of superb mid-'70s albums was over, and she hadn't yet assembled the Nash Ramblers, the acoustic band that gave her music a heady kick-start prior to her first striking collaboration with Daniel Lanois, Wrecking Ball. As a result, Brand New Dance captures Harris at the end of one cycle and just before the start of another, and the material and production suggest Harris was ready for some changes. Emmylou Harris probably couldn't make a truly bad album if she tried, and as always, she's in lovely voice on Brand New Dance, but she doesn't always sound especially engaged with the material, most of which falls into the "good-but-not-great" category ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In 1990, Emmylou Harris' run of superb mid-'70s albums was over, and she hadn't yet assembled the Nash Ramblers, the acoustic band that gave her music a heady kick-start prior to her first striking collaboration with Daniel Lanois, Wrecking Ball. As a result, Brand New Dance captures Harris at the end of one cycle and just before the start of another, and the material and production suggest Harris was ready for some changes. Emmylou Harris probably couldn't make a truly bad album if she tried, and as always, she's in lovely voice on Brand New Dance, but she doesn't always sound especially engaged with the material, most of which falls into the "good-but-not-great" category notable exceptions -- a strong cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Tougher Than the Rest" and the title cut. In addition, producer Allen Reynolds puts a shade too much pop-friendly gloss on the arrangements and mix for several of these tunes, and despite the presence of a truly impressive team of accompanists, this album never quite catches fire as in Harris' best work. Brand New Dance is a strong and professional piece of work, but Harris' next few albums would remind fans she was capable of a lot more than that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992630924
  • Catalog Number: 26309
  • Sales rank: 72,985

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Melba Montgomery Vocal Harmony
Wayland Patton Vocal Harmony
Jo-El Sonnier Triangle, French Accordion
Iris DeMent Vocal Harmony
Mary Black Vocal Harmony
Marshall Chapman Vocal Harmony
Bobby Wood Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Robert Mason Strings
Cindy Reynolds Wyatt Harp
Kieran Kane Vocal Harmony
Claire Lynch Vocal Harmony
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, 6-string bass
Bruce Bouton Steel Guitar
Kathy Chiavola Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Connie Ellisor Strings
Peter Gorisch Cello
Carl Gorodetzky Strings
Jim Grosjean Strings
James Hollihan Jr. Slide Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
John Jarvis Piano
Kostas Vocal Harmony
Lee Larrison Strings
Chris Leuzinger Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ted Madsen Strings
Kenny Malone Percussion, Drums
Dennis Molchan Strings
Laura Molyneaux Strings
The Nashville String Machine Strings, Group
Liam O'Flynn Human Whistle, uillean pipes
Jamie O'Hara Vocal Harmony
Dave Pomeroy Bass
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Milton Sledge Percussion, Drums
Davy Spillane Human Whistle, uillean pipes
Harry Stinson Drums
Garry Tallent Bass
Gary VanOsdale Strings
Pete Wasner Piano
Kristin Wilkinson Strings
Glenn Worf Bass
Bob Wray Bass
Mark Tanner Strings
Barry Tashian Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Richard Bennett Producer
Charles Cochran String Arrangements
James Hollihan Jr. Contributor
Denny Purcell Mastering
Allen Reynolds Producer
Mark Miller Engineer
Laura LiPuma Art Direction
Baker Knight Composer
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