A lot has changed since these three country-pop thrushes teamed up in 1987 and sold 2 million copies of the first "Trio" album. So while this successor (due in stores Tuesday) shows the same commitment to tradition, coupled with a willingness to push boundaries, it stands far less chance of getting any attention in country circles.
But that's only a sad commentary on the regimented country establishment. The beauty of these performances needs no apologies. Where the original "Trio" was rooted in bluegrass and stretched into the buoyant pop of "Mr. Sandman," here the digressions from old-timey country lean more toward the atmospheric pop that Harris and Ronstadt have been exploring of late.