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Lifeline

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I've Got That Old Time Religion In My Heart
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Blessed Assurance
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Fill My Way With Love
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Hide Thou Me
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The Old Gospel Ship
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Sweet Hour Of Prayer
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That Glad Reunion Day
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Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
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He Reached Down
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Near The Cross
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I Never Shall Forget The Day
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I Don't Want To Get Adjusted
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God Walks The Dark Hills
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Album Information
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 52:01

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Love her style

rockytopp

I first heard one of the tracks on a local stations. Her voice is very unique, and I enjoyed her choice of songs. Gospel is my favorite genre, and these were not the ordinary fare, but some that I was not familiar with. I will be choosing more of her work for my future listening pleasure.

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What a voice!!!

songbern

I was so happy to discover Iris DeMent while listening as the credits scolled in the new TRUE GRIT movie. Her song was LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS. I downloaded this complete album as well as her MY LIFE album. Wonderful voice and wonderful music. Thank you eMusic for having her albums.

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Reaching for Glory the Bluegrass Way

WitnArt

Old songs of the gospel preformed in a haunting bluegrass manner with solo vocals of Iris De Ment. A good album for those who like the renditions of the rural blue hills and cherish a good gospel sung in a steady and consistant good old fashioned way.

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Best Yet

Mandodrummer

I have loved Iris Dement's work since her first album, "Infamous Angel". The simplicity and directness of her work has been noticed by many, including Merle Haggart. Her voice quality, though an aquired taste for some, only adds to her songs as life statements and commentary. This Gospel album, though the material may not be what some are looking for, builds on her first two projects and tops them all in terms of vocal claity and pathos. To my ears she seems to have new power and a more earnest quality in her voice. The accompaniments are sparse and clean,perfectly suited to the material. Highly recomended.

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Sounds great

Pejoka

This album sounds great, with sparse instrumentation and Iris' inimitable voice. The songs are all Gospel tunes or hymns, and that may be just what you are looking for. I prefer the persoanl ballads of her earlier work.

They Say All Music Guide

On the surface, Lifeline, Iris Dement’s return to recording after an eight-year hiatus, is a collection of age-old gospel and church tunes from the 19th century — or earlier — in the grand Protestant tradition. He liner notes tell a different story. She recounts how her mother played and sang these songs in times of stress looking straight at the sky, “as if she were talking to someone.” She claims that for her, too, the music contained here became her lifeline through a season of hardship, and that when calling her mother from the road in difficult straits, she was told to get to a piano. Dement’s raw, high lonesome voice is as out of time as the material, though these presentations are not exactly rough-hewn. They are plaintive but polished with accompaniment from a host of players, including Bo Ramsey, Mark Howard, Stu Basore, Stuart Duncan, and others. Dement plays piano on some tracks, guitar on others. ForDement they may indeed represent places of comfort in the midst of despair and desolation, yet for the casual observer, they feel like simply-rendered, distinguished readings of familiar spirituals. Dement goes out of her way to distance herself from the religion spoken of in these pieces, saying in her notes that the songs represent something bigger than that to her, but to the listener they come off as reverent and quaint, hardly the stuff of earthshaking experience. It is only on “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” where Dement accompanies herself on piano, that the notion of shelter from the storm comes through brilliantly and unmistakably. There is one new song here, an original called “He Reached Down” recorded with Ramsey, that reaches the heights of Infamous Angel or “My Life.” The narrative, though biblical, is saturated in Dement’s singular storytelling manner, where her voice reaches into the grain of the material and pulls at its mystery until its emotion and truth become unfettered and fall free. While this is far from a full return to form for Dement, it is truly good to have her back. – Thom Jurek

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