by Kjetil Wold
translated by Atle Lone
The CD got a 8 out of 10 score.
Emmylou Harris has spent the last years
She has worked out new sound-images, new ways of expression, and worked herself away from the more "straight" country-expression.
Last year's "Wrecking Ball" produced by Daniel Lanois, was the final confirmation of this "escape". An escape that was needed.
Not because the 50year old Emmylou Harris was about to become less appealing, but because she has so much more to offer within a musical expression much wider .
"Spyboy" is a live album recorded at the end of her 1997 tour. It's a live album way above average.
Emmylou is in shape. She's tender and soft, wild and intense. On her own "prayer i open D" we meet the beautiful singing Emmylou,
on "Deeper well" the roaring one , on "Where will I be" the searching one and on Chris Hillman/Gram Parsons "Wheels" the down-to-earth and mildly countryrocking Emmylou Harris.
In this respect is "Spyboy" also becoming a tour inside the lady's musical universe.
In the mid-seventies she was the wild countryrocker Gram Parsons girlfriend and the hottest babe of countryrock. Today she's
somewhat more relaxed, but nevertheless still one of the great voices on the borderline of country, modern folk and "emotional rock".
Emmylou Harris is the Queen.
And the queen refuses to step down.