Monday, September 26, 2016

Iris DeMent - Infamous Angel (1992)

Glorious, traditional, folk-tinged country. From sweet lil' ditties like "Hotter Than Mojave in My Heart" to achingly beautiful, positively heartbreaking ballads like "Our Town", Infamous Angel is a more-or-less perfect, criminally overlooked record. For your sake, dear reader, I really hope you're not one of those dicks who "likes every kind of music except for country."

Track listing:
1. Let the Mystery Be
2. These Hills
3. Hotter Than Mojave in My Heart
4. When Love Was Young
5. Our Town
6. Fifty Miles of Elbow Room
7. Infamous Angel
8. Sweet Forgiveness
9. After You're Gone
10. Mama's Opry
11. Higher Ground

Up the street beside that red neon light
That's where I met my baby on one hot summer night
He was the tender and I ordered a beer
It's been forty years and I'm still sitting here

If you like this, try:
Charlie Louvin -
The Kind of Man I Am (1969)
Mickey Newbury -
A Long Road Home (2002)


  1. This album reminds me of the late Gram Parsons. Great post, thanks.

    1. Wonder if the album title's a reference to "Grievous Angel" -- probably?

  2. For your sake, dear reader, I really hope you're not one of those dicks who "likes every kind of music except for country."

    Preach the word, brother! Good country music has balls of fucking steel.

    Looking forward to this - I know the name but haven't listened.

  3. Saw her play a few years back. Drinking wine & 'Our Town' do not mix... That song always kills me since it was used on the Northern Exposure finale..

  4. Yeah, this is good.

    I can't abide the overproduced Nashville pop that largely passes for country music these days, but there is good stuff still happening. The new Dwight Yoakam album is bluegrass done right.


  5. unexpected post on this blog - yer full of surprises. love her voice! thanks for this

  6. Iris DeMent and Black Anal Goat Vomit - you rule the people who rule the rulers man!!

  7. Wonderful. Thanks for getting me into this. Want to hear everything she ever did. Which album to buy next?

    1. Definitely "My Life". Not quite the masterpiece that "Infamous Angel" is, but great nonetheless.

  8. Thanks Dear_Spirit. Will hunt that down.

  9. Wow, thanks for posting this.

    I was introduced to this when "Let the Mystery Be" became the theme for the opening credits for season 2 of HBO's The Leftovers. I remember binge watching the season, and around the 3rd or 4th episode, I was watching the opening credits and it stuck me--wait a second--this song is PHENOMENAL.

    Here's the intro. The song really enhances the visuals.