Music: Emmylou Harris: Tough Love

Emmylou returns with a CD of exquisite agony

Emmylou Harris' world is a tough place for a soft feeling. Loss, disappointment and betrayal are as common in her songs as long notes and pretty choruses; death, physical or emotional, is the fact of life. So, on her new CD, Red Dirt Girl (Nonesuch), a seemingly simple declaration of love--"Nobody loves you like I do"--has the twist of a curse or a threat. Or a declaration of defeat: "I love ya like a user needs a drug." Or a grudging tribute to the man who left a scar: "I will always think of you [because]/ You made me believe in...

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