Album: Dolly Parton, Backwoods Barbie (Dolly/Universal)
Friday 06 June 2008
The first album on her own label has apparently secured Dolly Parton her first Top 20 placing since 1993 – and no wonder, given its combination of technical accomplishment and sheer likeability.
Still extraordinarily toothsome for a sexagenarian, what's particularly impressive about Parton is her refusal to be bound by purely visual presuppositions: as she asserts in the autobiographical title-track, behind the big hair and boobs, "I run true and deep". That deceptive depth is fully borne out by the quality of her songwriting here, whether she's taking a simple device and running with it, as in "Cologne" (the plight of an Other Woman asked by her lover not to wear perfume, so his wife won't smell her on him), or coming on like a Nashville agony aunt on the single "Better Get to Livin'", prefacing her advice with an aw-shucks disclaimer that she's "not the Dalai Lama".
And on the few occasions she's not performing her own material, Parton has an enviable ear for unexpected covers, in this case finding the bluegrass hearts of both Fine Young Cannibals' "[She] Drives Me Crazy" and Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears".
Pick of the album:'Better Get to Livin'', 'Backwoods Barbie', 'Cologne', 'Tracks of My Tears'
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
'Phallic symbols' found hidden in famous Pre-Raphaelite painting 'Isabella' by John Everett Millais
Top Gear Burma episode breached Ofcom rules over Jeremy Clarkson's racial slur
Freddie Prinze Jr on 24: 'Kiefer Sutherland was the most unprofessional dude in the world – I hated every moment of it'
How did our legends really begin?
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine pay tribute to Jon 'Fat' Beast, dead at 51
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
- < Previous
- Next >