Hard Bargain (Emmylou Harris album)

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Hard Bargain
Studio album by Emmylou Harris
Released April 26, 2011
Recorded 2010
Genre Country, folk
Length 53:04
Label Nonesuch
Producer Jay Joyce
Emmylou Harris chronology
All I Intended to Be
(2008)
Hard Bargain
(2011)
Old Yellow Moon
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (6.9/10) MC
69/100, 19 critics
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars 2011
Billboard 9/10 stars 2011
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
guardian.co.uk 3/5 stars link
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars link
PopMatters.com 8/10 stars link
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars 2011
The Independent 3/5 stars link
New Zealand Herald 4/5 stars link
Paste Magazine 8/10 stars link
Country Weekly 3.5/4 stars link
The Press (York) 5/5 stars link

Hard Bargain is the twenty-sixth studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, released on April 26, 2011,[1] and recorded at Tragedy/Tragedy, TN. The album is her fourth solo recording for Nonesuch Records.

With 17,000 copies sold in its first week, the album debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums,[2] Harris' highest entry since her bluegrass LP Roses in the Snow in 1980. At the same time it debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200,[3] displacing 1977's Luxury Liner as her most successful solo LP ever on that chart.

Album information[edit]

The songs which were to become the "Hard Bargain" album were, according to Emmylou, recorded within 4 weeks in August 2010. Only three people can be heard on the album, namely Emmylou herself, the producer Jay Joyce as well as Giles Reaves. In December 2010 six video clips were filmed at Laughing House Studios, Nashville, TN, directed by Jack Spencer.[4] These videos, with additional commentary, can be found on the bonus DVD of the album's deluxe release.

The opening number "The Road" is about the late Gram Parsons, her musical mentor who died in 1973.

"Darlin' Kate" is a tribute to the late Kate McGarrigle who died of cancer in 2010. Kate, as well as her sister Anna McGarrigle, collaborated with Emmylou on numerous occasions since the 1970s.

"My Name Is Emmett Till" tells the story of Emmett Till, an African-American boy who was killed in 1955.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Road"   Emmylou Harris 5:31
2. "Home Sweet Home"   Harris 3:45
3. "My Name Is Emmett Till"   Harris 4:53
4. "Goodnight Old World"   Harris, Will Jennings 3:55
5. "New Orleans"   Harris, Jennings 3:38
6. "Big Black Dog"   Harris 3:26
7. "Lonely Girl"   Harris 4:44
8. "Hard Bargain"   Ron Sexsmith 3:23
9. "Six White Cadillacs"   Harris, Jennings 3:22
10. "The Ship on His Arm"   Harris 4:46
11. "Darlin' Kate"   Harris 3:08
12. "Nobody"   Harris 5:04
13. "Cross Yourself"   Jay Joyce 3:36


Personnel[edit]

  • Emmylou Harris – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Jay Joyce – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, piano, omnichord, ganjo, mandolin
  • Giles Reaves – drums, keyboards, percussion, piano, organ, vibraphone, marimbula

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 48[5]
Australian Country Albums Chart 2
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 39
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 95
Canadian Albums Chart 20
Danish Albums Chart 27
Canadian Country Albums Chart 2
Dutch Albums Chart 15
German Albums Chart 49
Irish Individual Artist Albums 36
New Zealand Albums Chart 28
Norwegian Albums Chart 11
Swedish Albums Chart 15
Swiss Albums Chart 76
UK Albums Chart 30
UK Country Albums Chart 2
US Billboard 200 18
US Billboard Top Country Albums 3
US Billboard Folk Albums 3
US Billboard Rock Albums 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Emmylou Harris | Nonesuch Records". Nonesuch.com. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ Posted May 4th 2011 2:00PM by Stephen L. Betts Comments (2011-05-04). "Emmylou Harris' 'Hard Bargain' Debuts at No. 3 on Country Chart". The Boot. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  3. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2011-05-04). "Adele Tops Billboard Albums Chart Once Again - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Hard Bargain | Nonesuch Records". Nonesuch.com. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association". ARIA. Retrieved 2011-05-15.