Albums of 2008: Day 21 – Emmylou Harris – All I Intended To Be

I’m sad that I missed seeing Emmylou when she came to Charlottesville back in June. I don’t know when or if I’ll have another chance to see her, but it seems like we’ll continue to get good albums from the veteran country girl. All I Intended To Be is her latest, and she’s still got it.

She does a great job on other peoples’ tunes (Patty Griffin’s “Moon Song,” Billy Joe Shaver’s “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” Merle Haggard’s “Kern River”) and also gives us some solid songs of her own (“How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower,” “Not Enough,” “Sailing Round the Room”).

Emmylou marries her traditional country roots with 21st century studio sheen for a result that’s both historically comforting and blooming with a fresh and new sound. Oh, and that voice. How could anyone talk about Emmylou without mentioning her wonderful, angelic voice?

After the break, a video of “How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower.”

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