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Better Day [CD]

Dolly Parton Audio CD
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Biography by David Vinopal

It's difficult to find a country performer who has moved from country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single "Coat of Many Colors" shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, TN. At 12 years old she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was ... Read more in Amazon's Dolly Parton Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony CMG
  • ASIN: B004W7QDIA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. In The Meantime 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Just Leaving 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Somebody's Missing You 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Together You And I 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Country Is As Country Does 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Holding Everything 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Sacrifice 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Just Might 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Better Day 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Shine Like The Sun 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Get Out And Stay Out 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Let Love Grow 3:410.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

In the fifth decade of her career, and with a quiet regularity unusual for her species of kitsch megastar, Dolly Parton continues to make new records (Better Day is her sixth since the turn of the century). While she clearly believes that she got where she is through dogged graft, and that it's work that will maintain her position, Better Day has none of the grudging, cranked-out-by-the-yard tone that might be expected. Indeed, it sparkles with the earnest enthusiasm of an ing�nue's debut �- a rare and impressive trick given this is her 41st studio album.

As the title suggests, the defining motif of Better Day is uplift -� gratitude for what one has, and optimism for what one might acquire or accomplish. The title cut is a sort of anti-blues, a breezy (and almost convincing) reduction of great troubles to temporary and fleeting irritants; and the opening track, In the Meantime, is a daringly existential refutation of the portents of America's legion Armageddon-mongers ("Let us not fear / What is not clear"), which tips a hat gently in the direction of Bob Luman's Let's Think About Living.

Even the mercilessly upbeat Parton seems to realise, however, that little is so soul-destroying as unadulterated good cheer. Better Day is therefore astutely laced with a few heartbreakers. The best of these - Get Out and Stay Out, Just Leaving - stand comparison with the potted melodramas she recorded opposite Porter Wagoner in the late 60s and early 70s. The worst - Holding Everything, Together You and I - are oversung, overproduced and overwrought. Let Love Grow demonstrates Parton's enduring knack of making sentimentality genuinely affecting, but Shine Like the Sun is rather too easily imagined as a karaoke favourite of the recently divorced.

Parton's get-out clause for any transgressions into mawkishness is Country is as Country Does, an addition to the lengthy canon of defensively celebratory songs about country and the people who sing it (Loretta Lynn's You're Looking at Country is its most obvious ancestor). It is, like its author, and like this album, defiantly difficult to dislike.

--Andrew Mueller

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Product Description

(2011/Dolly Music) 12 tracks
Medium 1
  1. In The Meantime
  2. Just Leaving
  3. Somebody's Missing You
  4. Together You and I
  5. Country Is As Country Does
  6. Holding Everything
  7. The Sacrifice
  8. I Just Might
  9. Better Day
  10. Shine Like The Sun
  11. Get Out and Stay Out
  12. Let Love Grow

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly Parton - Better Day CD 17 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Dolly has surpassed all expectations with her new album,
Better Day. Not one track, can I fault. A Dolly fan(which I am)
or not, you cannot help but be uplifted by her beautiful lyrics and upbeat
music throughout the whole CD. An absolute treat for anyone. Can't wait for the
live DVD/CD from her world tour, which there's bound to be one, given the
success of her last one in London.
Love you always Dolly xxx
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD 30 Sep 2011
By sr59
Format:Audio CD
This is the best cd Dolly Parton has done the rest have been great but this one excells them all. I found the music was great but the words were brilliant.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 29 Aug 2011
Format:MP3 Download
A CD bubbling with an enthusiasm for life and a warmth of heart that will leave even the most famous curmudgeons giving thanks for the world we live in. Dolly's 65 year-old vocal chords are as effective as ever, and her songwriting skills have been honed with the wisdom of each passing year. The first track, "In the Meantime", sets the tone for the entire album: "Well, we rant and we rave about the good old days/And how different it was back then;/Well, the greatest days we've ever known/Are the days we're livin' in." A marvellous sentiment, and I defy anyone to honestly say that "Better Day" didn't make THEIR day just a little bit better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly at her BEST!!!! 3 Oct 2011
By Leo9
Format:Audio CD
Dolly is amazing!! Once again her music hits the spot!! Certainly makes your day a much Better Day!!

I would recommend this to anyone who loves a sing and a jig!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome 29 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
As a Dolly fan I admit to a bias toward the work of Ms Parton but this new CD is truly splendid. Dolly has delivered a wonderful mix of songs that can't help but raise the spirits and cheer the soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly just gets better 4 Oct 2011
Format:MP3 Download
Dolly continues to bring top quality songs and performances to her many fans, to which group I am happy to say that I belong. My car's Mp3 player blasts out Dolly's music for my pleasure, and for anyone else travelling with me. This is an excellent album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A better Day an even Better Dolly 3 Oct 2011
By Linn
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best Dolly Parton albums I have it's Dolly at her best I can't praise it enough, you either love Dolly or you don't and if you do you will really enjoy this new album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly gets even better 1 Oct 2011
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Dolly Parton has always been one of my most favourite warblers, I did have many of her records - now I have most of her CD's. She can do very little wrong and in this CD she proves that age is no barrier - her voice is still young and vibrant, a joy to listen and dream to.
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