Music: Angel of Country Pop

She has been described as an "angelic cowgirl." At times the phrase fits. Dressed in fringed shirt, jeans and high boots, working over a Merle Haggard favorite like Bottle Let Me Down, she can produce a brassy twang. But Emmylou Harris' emotional singing style owes more to melancholy Appalachian bluegrass than to western swing. Despite its range, her voice is most telling because of its feathery delicacy, an almost tentative dying fall capable of stirring deep emotions. "I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham," this evocative voice promises in her best song so far. "I would hold my...

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