Infamous Angel

Infamous Angel

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by Iris DeMent
     
 

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A remarkable debut, Infamous Angel established Iris DeMent as one of the greatest artists of her generation. With her gift for poignant, confessional songwriting and a voice that makes raw beauty seem like a brand new thing, she invokes the elemental magic of the Carter Family while sounding as fresh and modern as John Prine (who, not surprisingly, is one of

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A remarkable debut, Infamous Angel established Iris DeMent as one of the greatest artists of her generation. With her gift for poignant, confessional songwriting and a voice that makes raw beauty seem like a brand new thing, she invokes the elemental magic of the Carter Family while sounding as fresh and modern as John Prine (who, not surprisingly, is one of her biggest champions). DeMent's concerns are largely family and tradition, and many of these songs deal with memories of life and love. Her Carter influence is revealed in a spirited cover of the classic "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room" as well as "Mama's Opry," a tribute to her mother, who also sings lead on "Higher Ground." These are wonderful, but DeMent's greater talent is the ballad, and she delivers an astonishing handful, including "When Love Was Young," "Sweet Forgiveness," and "After You're Gone," a tribute to her dying father that is so profoundly affecting that one is rendered nearly helpless listening to it. In the end, one finishes this record somber but refreshed by DeMent's charming, almost na�ve, outlook on life. That na�vet� isn't an act, either -- DeMent claims in her liner notes that she's never thought of herself as a great singer. She couldn't be more wrong, and listeners can thank heaven that she changed her mind, for this is an album to be cherished and played as long as one has life to listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/1993
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624523826
catalogNumber:
45238
Rank:
599

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Iris DeMent   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Hal Ketchum   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jim Rooney   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Mark Howard   Acoustic Guitar
Flora Mae DeMent   Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jeff Hushkins   Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Upright Bass
Infamous Angel Choir   Vocals
Perkins   Dobro
Pete Wasner   Piano
Roy Huskey   Bass
Jeff Black   Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Iris DeMent   Liner Notes
Jim Rooney   Producer,Engineer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Infamous Angel Choir   Contributor
Rev. F.W. McGee   Composer

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Infamous Angel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last month I idly mentioned to my brother Tim that I had heard a woman singing on the radio, and I just HAD TO get one of her recordings. "Oh, that must be Iris", he replied nonchalantly. He was right! And then some. He helped me find "Infamous Angel", and I am now thoroughly hooked on Iris Dement's evocative lyrics and exquisitely plaintive voice. Why only a "4" for this album? In the "talking" parts of some songs, "plaintive" yields occasionally to "whining", a blemish polished over in "My Life", the sequel album which Tim and I exchanged as gifts this Christmas week. I can't wait to hear her third release, also available through Barnes and Noble, "The Way I Should". I cannot fathom why this brilliant performer has not become a household name. Perhaps Iris likes it this way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why have we not discovered this incredible performer with lyrics to touch heart, home and soul before? This is a 5 star CD - no doubt about it. Every song stirs emotions not often invoked. You won't be disappointed.
58retract More than 1 year ago
I shall always cherish each song on this cd. It is the best I've heard in years. The only album I would compare to this one is Johnny Horton's Honky Tonk Man. I don't know how the world missed this great singer-songwriter. Like Hank Williams before her, Iris sings songs from the heart that make you feel as though you have heard them all your life even if hearing for the first time! Unfortunately the folks who control country music do not like country music. They only promote southern rock and pop. Go Iris!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago