Infamous Angel

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Infamous Angel
Studio album by Iris DeMent
Released 1992
Genre Folk, Country
Length 38:28
Label Rounder (Philo), Warner from 1993
Producer Jim Rooney
Iris DeMent chronology
Infamous Angel
My Life

Infamous Angel is the debut studio album of American country music singer-songwriter Iris DeMent. It was released by Warner Bros. Records in 1992.

In 1995, her song "Our Town" was played in the closing moments of the last episode for the CBS TV series Northern Exposure. It has also been recorded by Kate Rusby and by Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin.

"Let the Mystery Be" became the theme song for the second season of The Leftovers.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone favorable [3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Iris DeMent except as indicated.

  1. "Let the Mystery Be" – 2:46
  2. "These Hills" – 3:40
  3. "Hotter Than Mojave in My Heart" – 2:33
  4. "When Love Was Young" – 3:38
  5. "Our Town" – 4:58
  6. "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room" (F. W. McGee) – 3:12
  7. "Infamous Angel" – 3:46
  8. "Sweet Forgiveness" – 2:44
  9. "After You've Gone" – 4:04
  10. "Mama's Opry" – 3:25
  11. "Higher Ground" (listed as "Traditional" in the liner notes but in fact by Johnson Oatman, Jr. (lyrics) and Charles H. Gabriel (music)[4]) – 3:34


  • Iris DeMent – lead and harmony vocals, guitar

Additional musicians and production staff[edit]