Wrecking Ballby Emmylou Harris
In the mid-1980s Emmylou Harris -- first on the strength of her work a decade earlier with Gram Parsons and then on her ensuing solo albums -- was the godmother of the New Traditionalist movement. Now, as the millennium nears, she's become the queen mother of alternative country-No Depression-Americana-whatever-it's-called-today, yet another return to the traditional roots of country music. Wrecking Ball is a sharp left turn, though, featuring challenging song selection and a broad sonic palette courtesy of producer Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan). Broad washes of ambient sounds and reverb-laden guitars mix with New Orleans-style rhythms and Harris's own aching soprano voice (here sounding rough and urgent) to take songs such as Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand," Lucinda Williams's "Sweet Old World," Neil Young's title track, and even a Jimi Hendrix tune, "May This Be Love," into bold, new territory. After more than 20 years of making music, Harris's impulses are still outside the mainstream but nonetheless compelling.
- Release Date:
- Asylum Records
Performance CreditsEmmylou Harris Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Earle Acoustic Guitar
Lucinda Williams Acoustic Guitar
Neil Young Harmonica,Vocal Harmony
Richard Bennett Guitar (Tremolo)
Brian Blade Drums
Malcolm Burn Bass,Piano,Drums,Tambourine,Slide Guitar,Vibes,Vocal Harmony
Darryl Johnson Tom-Tom,Chant,keyboard bass,Vocal Harmony
Daniel Lanois Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Chant,bass pedals,Vocal Harmony
Anna McGarrigle Vocal Harmony
Larry Mullen Drums,Hand Drums
Kate McGarrigle Vocal Harmony
Tony Hall Bass,Drums,Shaker
Technical CreditsMark Howard Engineer
Richard Bennett Contributor
Malcolm Burn Engineer
Daniel Lanois Producer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Sandy Jenkins Engineer
Whitney Sutton Copy Coordination
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By the mid 90s Emmylou Harris had been pigeonholed as a country artist and was losing commercial clout. This CD made here an alt country queen and brought her new listeners. Some of my favorite tracks are Deeper Well, Where Will I Be, and All My Tears. Red Dirt Girl, her next CD, is almost as good but the surprise of her new style is gone. She and Daniel Lanois teamed up with Willie Nelson to make Teatro a few years later.
Without any doubt, "Wrecking Ball" is one of the most powerful albums of Ms.Emmylou Harris. It also marks the beginning of an elegant, prestigious and bold period ("Spyboy"-"Red Dirt Girl"-"Stumble Into Grace") in the career of this adorable lady of the country-rock (Her last four albums are radiating mesmerizingly mysterious and gloomy country music ever created by an female singer-songwriter.). Wrecking Ball’s twelve songs which talk about the hopes lost in the dubious fog of the future, the loves threatened by the everyday monotony, the joy of life stimulated by art despite the human being’s impotence against death; make this exceptional CD a must for the fans of the work of Ms.Harris. Listening to it without moderation is recommended without forgetting the precious support of Mr.Daniel Lanois.
Wrecking ball is the start of something wonderful. Emmy departs from her usual and it's a great thing to listen to. She enlists the help of Daniel Lanois to produce and he knows what Emmy can do so well. Malcolm Burns is engineering (He produces her more recent "Red Dirt Girl" and "Stumble into Grace")and lends a helping hand. This CD is one of my all time favorites and the whole thing is worth the price. Not a bad song on the CD. Emmy sounds wonderful and her songs sing directly to your soul and heart. Every song has something that makes you sit up and take notice. What a voice...what music. Thank you EmmyLou et al.