Picks and Pans Review: Brand New Dance

updated 01/21/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/21/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

Emmylou Harris

Lest we take excellence for granted, it wouldn't hurt to remark again how consistently enterprising Harris is, how rarely she seems to coast and how resonant and true her voice remains.

On this neatly blended album, she goes back to Springsteen for "Tougher Than the Rest," adds a romping "Rollin' and Ramblin' (The Death of Hank Williams)," by Robin and Lynda Williams and Jerome Clark, and recycles "Never Be Anyone Else but You" (recorded by Rick Nelson).

Her backup musicians these days don't match up to her old Hot Band (you don't replace Ricky Skaggs and Albert Lee that easily), but such people as guitarist Chris Leuzinger and fiddler Stuart Duncan aren't slouches. And in any case they have their boss out in front, coming awfully close to getting it all right. (Reprise)

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