May 09, 2011 12:00 PM

Emmylou Harris

Hard Bargain |


It’s fitting that Emmylou Harris should sing about “Home Sweet Home” on one wistful song off her new album. The country-folk goddess provides the kind of Zen comfort that you can only get from swinging on your front porch, your belly full from some home-cooked vittles. While not up to 2008’s stellar All I Intended to Be, Hard Bargain is another easy sell on your ears. There’s a mellow mood to tracks like the title tune, a lovely Ron Sexsmith cover, but on “New Orleans” Harris goes from refined to rocking.

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