After waiting nearly three and a half years fans of Dolly Parton can rejoice in the fact that Dolly has a brand new studio album out called "Better Day", with her last full album being 2008's "Backwoods Barbie", although Dolly did release the live record "Dolly-Live From London" in 2009 and a year before that she had released "Sha-kon-O-Hey" which was sold exclusively at Dollywood to benefit the "Friends of the Smokies" organization.
"Better Day" features 12 original Dolly Parton-penned songs with their themes being very uplifting. She wanted to do an album at this time with a positive angle because of the hard times in the world. The record has been released to coincide with her "Better Day World Tour" which will see her perform in concert starting in July in the U.S., then it's off to Europe, then back to America for a few more dates, then in November she will play Australia for the first time in over 20 year. In 2012 she will also be performing in Canada and finish off the tour in the states.
The first single from the CD, "Together You and I", is actually a beautiful remake of a song she had recorded with her former mentor and duet partner Porter Wagoner for their 1974 LP "Porter "n" Dolly". It has a new tempo and has been contemporized to suit today's country music sound. Other tracks include "Holding Everything" that was recorded by "Alabama" lead singer Randy Owen; "Missing You" was originally recorded by Dolly for the film "First Dog"; and "I Just Might", "Shine Like The Sun", "Get Out", and "Let Love Grow" were songs she had wrote for her Tony-nominated score of "9 to 5-The Musical.
The five remaining tracks were written especially for this set and include the beautiful "In The Meantime", "Country Is", "The Sacrifice", and the title song.
Dolly's voice is impeccable here as well as ageless and the CD is sure to be a huge seller. The sound is very much "today's country" as Dolly shows no signs of slowing down. The production is flawless and hopefully country radio will give the singles a chance.
The reviews of "Better Day" are glowing with the "New York Times" saying "It's Dolly to the bone. It's Miss Parton's voice that matters and she sounds almost ageless: expressive even at a whisper and glorious at full cry". The "L.A. Times" notes "The album contains a dozen bright-eyed originals about painting rainbows in the sky and finding satisfaction with both champagne and chocolate milk...Parton's irrepressible personality is the star attraction, and on "Better Day" it shines. They give the album 3 and a half out of 4 stars.
For fans of vinyl recordings they will be ecstatic to know that Dolly's record label, "Dolly Records", will be releasing a vinyl version of "Better Day" on August 16, 2011. This will be the first time in 20 years a recording of Miss Parton's has seen a release in the vinyl format, her last album on vinyl being 1991's "Eagle When She Flies" that was only available through Columbia House.
The Doll is indeed back where she belongs singing country music only the way our Miss Dolly knows how.
On the July 7, 2011 Billboard Charts it was announced Dolly's "Better Day" CD cracked the Top 20 Country Album's List coming in at a very impressive #11, and coming in at #51 on the Pop Chart. Congratulations Dolly!!!
Although "Better Day" sold pretty well here in North America it fared even better in the U.K. with the album debuting at #1 country and #9 pop, the first time a Dolly in-studio record ever broke into that nation's Top 10 Pop Chart.
An A+ record! Welcome back Doll!