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Dement, Iris / Trackless Woods, The
Album:Trackless Woods, The Collection:Country
Artist:Dement, Iris Added:11/2015
Label:Flariella Records 

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Add Date:2015-11-15 Pull Date:2016-01-17 Charts:Country/Bluegrass
Week Ending:3 Jan27 Dec6 Dec29 Nov

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 25, 2018:Melange
The Souls Of All My Dears
4.Dec 31, 2015:Melange
The Souls Of All My Dears
2.Nov 02, 2017:Melange
The Souls Of All My Dears
5.Dec 20, 2015:Music Casserole
All Is Sold
3.Oct 06, 2016:Melange
The Souls Of All My Dears
6.Dec 03, 2015:Melange
Broad Gold

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2015-11-11 
Country singer-songwriter Iris DeMent channels the great Soviet dissident poet Anna Akhmatova (translated by Babette Deutch). Adopting a Russian daughter triggered DeMent's interest in Akhmatova. But when you hear the emotion behind the lyrics and the hymn-like quality of the melodies you realize that DeMent has found another avenue for the intense spiritualism that underlies her art. This is deep stuff that needs to be listened to carefully to fully appreciate. But the melodies, DeMent's voice and piano accompaniment are beautiful even on a superficial level. Accompanying band for some tracks includes Leo Kottke.

Recommended tracks: 2, 9, 12, 16, 17

1- To My Poems -1:15 – an invocation about why the poet wrote what and as she did

*2- Broad Gold –3:28 – powerful and moving

3--And This You Call Work –3:23 – on writing poetry and its relation to music

4- From the Oriental Notebook -5:23- memories of a lover, high soprano voice, background wind noise; nightsounds

5- Prayer – 1:31 – impassioned voice and piano

6-Not with Deserters –3:41 – Akhmatova separates herself from those who chose exile, as she did not

7-All Is Sold –4:08- “All is lost/All is sold/All is plundered,” how she feels about her homeland

8-Reject the Burden – 3:04- giving up on ordinary human needs

*9-From An Airplane – 2:46 – honky-tonk sound to describe an airplane ride by someone born in in the 1800's seeing Russia from above as a whole; “it is my soul/it is my body too”

10-Oh, How Good – 3:07 – hymn to beauty of the land

11-Like A White Stone – 3:43 – the crucible of pain transformed

*12-Song About Songs – 3:36--”others will reap our only soul”; hymn-like

*13-Listening to Singing –2:36 – upbeat; lively; hymn of praise

*14—Lot's Wife – 4:36 – she wants to look back, “pain was her master”

15-Upon the Hard Crest – 1:46 –waltz rhythm, hymn-like

*16—The Souls of All My Dears –4:46 --”have gone to stars,” memorials of her losses under Stalin; evocative auto-harp-like chords; “your face up against the frosted pane”; “thank God there's no one left for me to lose.”

*17-The Last Toast –1:17 – “I drink to the heavens already destroyed”

18-Not With a Lover's Lyre/Anna Akhmatova's reading “The Muse” –3:40 – the song of a lover 's voice in her head followed by Akhmatova reciting her poem in Russian

Track Listing
1.To My Poems 10.Oh, How Good
2.Broad Gold 11.Like A White Stone
3.And This You Call Work 12.Song About Songs
4.From The Oriental Notebook 13.Listening To Singing
5.Prayer 14.Lot's Wife
6.Not With Deserters 15.Upon The Hard Crest
7.All Is Sold 16.The Souls Of All My Dears
8.Reject The Burden 17.The Last Toast
9.From An Airplane 18.Not With A Lover's Lyre/Anna Akhmatova's Reading ?The Muse?