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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 25, 1996 - 9A

.Emmylou captivates crowd with lush voice
Country crossover queen visits Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater

By Jennifer Buckley
Daily Arts Writer
No one, it seems, can hear Emmylou Ha
and remain unmoved. Singer/songwriter S
Described his reaction to the country siren i
otes to his 1995 record "Train A Comin"':
time I met Emmylou, she came in to sin
Clark's first album ... I wasn't the same fc

rris' voice
teve Earle
n the liner
"The first

seemed chosen to help create the show's distinctive
mood.
After a set of drowsy, melodic folk-pop from open-
ers the Innocence Mission, the elegant, silver-haired
Harris took the stage with multi-instrumentalist Buddy
Miller for a lovely acoustic version of "Love Hurts,"

REVIEW
Emmylou
Harris
Michigan Theater
March 21, 1996

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g on Guy one of Parsons' most touching
r weeks." ballads. A tight new band, in-
Everyone cluding the excellent bassist/
ho wit- percussionist Daryl Johnson,
-ssed Har- then joined the two for a string
s' perfor- of songs from Harris' latest
ance at the release, "Wrecking Ball."
[ichigan The Daniel Lanois-pro-
h e a t e r duced recordmarks areal shift
hursday in Harris musical style;
ght under- "Wrecking Ball" shows the
t a n d s singer, once a firm country

"Harrisy
uncanny aL
get 'inside
and reveal
emotional

warm, rich lows, Harris' voice occasionally cracks on
the highest notes. Though the singer seemed espe-
cially hoarse during the middle of the show, she used
it to her advantage on the new songs, offering a
wrenching version of Steve Earle's heartbreaking
ballad "Goodbye" and a startling, throaty howl on the
electrifying "Deeper Well" (a song
Harris co-wrote with Lanois and
a s it he Dave Olney).
Miller and Johnson's rich
lt tbackup vocals complemented
Harris well - especially when
a song they are combined in spectacu-
lar three-part harmonies - and
is - 111 brought a new soulfulness to
versions of Julie Miller's gos-
weigf. pel-tinged "All My Tears,"
Gillian Welch's gorgeous "Or-
phan Girl," Anna McGarrigle's
"Goin' Back to Harlan" and the Neil Young-penned
title track.
Though she devoted most of her set time to the songs
from the Grammy-winning "Wrecking Ball," Harris
also pleased her longtime fans by pulling out plenty of
"old warhorses," as she called them, from her remark-
able 25-album catalogue. Highlights included the sweet
country ballads "Together Again" and "Making Be-
lieve," the rollicking "Two More Bottles ofWine,""One
of These Days" and "Tulsa Queen."
Overall, it was a nearly perfect concert from one of
Nashville's finest and most enduring performers.

Earle's reaction. Onstage, Harris exuded the combina-
ijon of angelic grace and earthy charm that has been
drawing audiences to her work since her early '70s days
as a backup vocalist for country-rock pioneer Gram
Parsons.
'5Every aspect of the concert reflected that blend of
qualities: The candles glowing at the foot of the stage
and the burning incense diffusing a sweet, heady scent
hroughout the theater created an atmosphere of
herworldly beauty brought back to reality by a big,
shaggy black dog wandering toward Harris. Even the
singer's clothes - a long, flowing white jacket over
┬░la sim black bodysuit and black cowboy boots -

traditionalist, embracing the

lush, gauzy textures, booming, echoing drums and
ringing guitars that have become Lanois' trademark.
It's a stunning record, and Harris' new band adapted
it to live performance surprisingly well.
As an interpretive vocalist, Harris is simply un-
matched, and the "Wrecking Ball" songs displayed
her vocal gifts to perfection. She has the uncanny
ability to get "inside" a song and reveal its full
emotional weight. Her voice has only improved with
age; still breathtakingly sweet, it's gained a slight
hoarseness, and with it a new edge.
Though she's still capable of soaring highs and

Emmylou Harris' Ann Arbor visit proved that she Is one of Nashville's finest.

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pike Lee and Theresa Randle In his new film, "Girl 6."
Girl' uncovers world of phone sex

By Bryan Lark
Daily Arts Writer
Theresa Randle may not yet be an instantly recognizable
name in motion pictures. However, her status in the minds of
moviegoers and on Hollywood's A-list is soon to change
with the release of the latest Spike Lee Joint, "Girl 6."
Following his seemingly endless string of serious or sen-
timental films,
REVIEW such as "Clock-
ers," "Malcolm X"
Girl 6 and "Crooklyn,"
Spike Lee returns
to the unabashed
Directed by Spike Lee comedic form of
with Theresa Randle "She's Gotta Have
and Isaiah Washington It" with "Girl 6."
A aShowcase Eitherunderesti-
At Showcase mated or unseen in
films like "Bad
oys," "Sugar Hill" and "Beverly Hills Cop 3," Theresa
Randle has, in "Girl 6" a prime role to showcase her uninhib-
ited sexuality, old-school movie-star glamour and astound-
ing acting talent.
"Girl 6" is the alternately amusing, arousing, frightening
and touching story of one woman's search for identity
through the fantasy business of phone sex.

Disenchanted by her attempts at surviving an acting career
in New York, the otherwise nameless Girl 6 (Randle) be-
comes seduced by the money and free time ajob in phone sex
provides. Desperate, Girl 6 originally sees this occupation as
simply a means of raising enough money to start over in
Hollywood, but she gradually becomes addicted to this
fulfillment of fantasies.
Allowed to create numerous erotic personas that further
hone her acting skills, like girl-next-door Lovely Brown,
Mistress April and friendly flight attendant Brigitte, Girl 6 is
soon walking the wild, hilarious and sometimes dangerous
line between other people's fantasies and her own life.
As she falls deeper into this world of self-discovery, she
cuts herself off from her best friend Jimmy and her well-
meaning but kleptomaniac ex-husband; she even attempts a
forbidden and ill-fated relationship with a caller (Peter Berg).
Eventually, Girl 6 does emerge triumphant and confident
from her lapse into fantasy. Far from the self-conscious
starving actress who removes her top for an overbearing
director (Quentin Tarantino as himself) at the beginning of
the film, Girl 6 is determined to be famous and successful,
while staying true to herself.
Aside from Theresa Randle's bold, star-making perfor-
mance that covers a wide range of emotions and moods rarely
seen in films, "Girl 6" also boasts an impressive supporting
See GIRL 6, Page 18A

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