Trouble in Shangri-La (Reprise)
On her first solo studio record in seven years, the Fleetwood Mac gypsy enlists help from heavy hitters such as Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray, and Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, none of whom, ironically, would
be around if Nicks hadn’t opened so many female-artist doors.
Emmylou Harris Anthology:
The Warner/Reprise Years (Rhino)
Taking sonic cues from mentor and country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons, Alabama-born Harris has been crafting ethereal folk music for 30 years. Captured on this two-disc set are the best moments of her Warner/Reprise days: several hits, B-sides, and a handful of hard-to-find tracks making their CD debuts. Forty-five songs, and not one dud.
Brooks & Dunn
Steers & Stripes (Arista Nashville)
Nashville’s favorite boot-scootin’ duo unleashes yet another collection of standard dance-hall stompers and waltzy ballads.
Not much has changed lyrically, either. “The Long Goodbye,” “Unloved,” and “I Fall” cover, as usual, the pitfalls and rewards of relationships — as if we’d want them any other way.