February 01, 1982 12:00 PM

Emmylou Harris

Harris doesn’t get more and more elaborate, or more and more ambitious. She just gets better. At 34, she is without peer as a singer of soft country rock, as this album admirably demonstrates. It includes If I Needed You, a sublimely gentle duet with Don Williams, Born to Run (this isn’t Springsteen’s song), The Price You Pay (this is) and even a straight-ahead version of The Tennessee Waltz, which needs no embellishment. There’s also some nice miscellaneous pickin’ by backup musicians Albert Lee, Steve Fishell, Hank DeVito and Frank Reckard, among others. The worst thing you can say about the album is that there are two Tennessee songs on it (Tennessee Rose is the other), which isn’t half bad.

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