Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Backwood's Barbie - Dolly Parton

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Apparently this is Dolly's first "mainstream" Country album in 17 years. But throughout all the Bluegrass and covers albums, you should never have really lost sight of the fact that Parton is one of Country's greatest ever songwriters (and 9 of the 12 tracks here are Parton originals). And whilst this album would by no means convince anyone unaware of her greatness, there is just about enough of the old Parton magic to make this a worthwhile listen.

Pick of the bunch are the delicate Only Dreaming and the vibrant Better Get To Livin' which prove that for all the wigs, cheap-looking expensive clothes and ample bosom, Parton is a genuine talent.

Just don't expect anything but pained amusement from her cover of the Fine Young Cannibals (She) Drives Me Crazy.

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