Emmylou Harris entertains an all-star lineup of female guests on Stumble into Grace, but in the end it's the dazzling host you remember. Produced by Malcolm Burn, who was behind the board for the Grammy-winning Red Dirt Girl, Stumble showcases Harris's voice in all its dimensions: her singing voice, which is, as always, utterly captivating, and her increasingly assured writer's voice -- she either wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs here, the lone exception being the traditional "Plaisir d'Amour." Burn's soundscapes are suitably atmospheric and rich, but spare. The softly strummed acoustic guitar, wisps of harmonica, and lightly brushed drums make Harris's repeated exhortations of "Can't you hear me now?" at the end of "Can You Hear Me Now" sound searching and lost in the most haunting way. Similarly, in "Strong Hand," dedicated to the late June Carter Cash, evocative sonics lend grandeur to a song celebrating the simple, enduring love June had for everything and everyone in her life (Linda Ronstadt adds harmonies, for good measure). Even a funky little tale of lust a-borning, "Jupiter Rising," benefits from a small-combo lineup that keeps a steady groove without any single instrument hogging the scene. Julie Miller contributes some plaintive background cries to the dark, shuffling "Here I Am," Harris's winsome tale of longing for a lover whose emotional and geographical distance is taking its toll. Jane Siberry guests on two songs, as do the McGarrigle sisters -- the latter's celestial harmonies on "Cup of Kindness," the beautiful album closer about the ties that bind, are especially effective. Humanity is what it's all about here, and clearly Emmylou knows whereof she speaks.
Performance CreditsEmmylou Harris Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,6-string bass
Jane Siberry Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Background Vocals
Julie Miller Background Vocals
Kevin Salem Electric Guitar
Malcolm Burn Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,fender rhodes,Churango
Ethan Johns Drums,Electric Guitar
Darryl Johnson Bass,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Daniel Lanois Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals,Performing Ensemble
Bernie Leadon Electric Guitar
Colin Linden Electric Guitar
Anna McGarrigle Background Vocals
Buddy Miller Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gillian Welch Background Vocals
Kate McGarrigle Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Accordion,Background Vocals
Rev. Brady Blade Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsEmmylou Harris Arranger,Composer
Malcolm Burn Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Paul Kennerley Composer
Daniel Lanois Composer
Anna McGarrigle Arranger,Composer
Jill Cunniff Composer
Kate McGarrigle Arranger,Composer
Joe West Engineer
Todd Vos Engineer
Dean Norman Documentation
Josh Muncy Engineer
Bert Meadows Photo Assistance
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You will play this on repeat over and over. I never get sick of hearing it. Her voice is phenomenal and the instrumentation on this CD is great.
I *love* this CD. I don't know what category this CD fits but I play it over and over. The melodies are intoxicating, addictive, haunting. Please give us more EmmyLou!
Emmylou Harris continues to be one of the best singer/songwriters of our times. This cd just shows that she still has what it takes to make great records. I recently saw her at MSG with Dave Matthews. It was one of the greatest shows ever. I love her voice and her lyrics. She a good guitar player which she doesn't get too much credit for.