by Alec Lane

#KickingtheCanon by Alec Lane Music

Emmylou Harris | Wrecking Ball

May 4, 2020

Widely hailed as a major turn in Emmylou Harris’s already illustrious career, the 1995 album Wrecking Ball found the beloved country artist exploring new avenues in production while reinforcing her ability to command the intricate arrangements — ultimately deepening her power to bring an specific emotional resonance to her songs. The influence of new producer Daniel Lanois absolutely drenches the album, featuring instruments that are always sustained and echoed, developing the album’s oft-mentioned atmosphere. His languid, dreamy sound finds a…

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#KickingtheCanon by Alec Lane Music

Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis

It’s only appropriate that Dusty Springfield’s 1969 record — which found the singer’s vocal sensibilities shifting over to R&B, and to more deliberately paced arrangements — took its time to accumulate the canonical status that it enjoys today. Comparing “Son of a Preacher Man,”…

April 13, 2020
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