My Life

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All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Like Infamous Angel, My Life opens on a light note, which is hardly adequate preparation for the emotional turbulence that follows. The album is dedicated to Iris Dement's father, who passed away prior to its release, and although there are some scattered moments of joy here, they are largely absorbed by a collection of songs dealing with primal anguish and longing. DeMent's writing has hardened a bit, producing her most mature and encompassing song in "No Time to Cry," which serves as an anchor for the album's rich sentimentality and is also an indication, in its social obsessions, of the direction her next album would take. Elsewhere, DeMent's songcraft remains exceptional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Like Infamous Angel, My Life opens on a light note, which is hardly adequate preparation for the emotional turbulence that follows. The album is dedicated to Iris Dement's father, who passed away prior to its release, and although there are some scattered moments of joy here, they are largely absorbed by a collection of songs dealing with primal anguish and longing. DeMent's writing has hardened a bit, producing her most mature and encompassing song in "No Time to Cry," which serves as an anchor for the album's rich sentimentality and is also an indication, in its social obsessions, of the direction her next album would take. Elsewhere, DeMent's songcraft remains exceptional but, as before, the true magic is in her voice, which imbues even the simplest songs with perfect, pure emotion. Highlights include Maybelle Carter's "Troublesome Waters," "Easy's Gettin' Harder Every Day," and a terrific rendition of Lefty Frizzell's "Mom and Dad's Waltz." The gorgeous title track closes the album, a piano-cello duet that is one of her most moving performances. For those who appreciate DeMent's rough-hewn voice, it is nearly impossible to exaggerate the beauty of these recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/1994
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624549321
  • Catalog Number: 45493
  • Sales rank: 12,802

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iris DeMent Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mark Howard Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
John Catchings Cello
Jack Clement Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Charles Cochran Piano, Keyboards
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Flute, Mandolin
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass, Upright Bass
Kenny Malone Percussion
Pat McInerney Drums
Phil Parlapiano Accordion
Al Perkins Dobro
Pete Wasner Piano, Keyboards
Joy Lynn White Vocal Harmony
Linda Williams Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Joy White Vocal Harmony
Pat McIrney Drums
Robin Williams Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Iris DeMent Liner Notes
Jim Rooney Producer
Mother Maybelle Carter Composer
Richard Adler Engineer
Richard Alder Engineer
Carlos Grier Digital Editing
Denny Purcell Mastering
Linda Cobb Art Direction
Dixie Deen Composer
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