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Sounding better than ever,
By A Customer
This review is from: Heartsongs: Live from Home (Audio CD)
Live CDs can be something of mixed bag - for every one that captures a wide range of tracks greater than their studio equivalents, there's another that simply takes a handful of favourites and does its best to sound exactly the same as the original. Thankfully this recording from the real Queen of Country rests firmly in the former camp. Recorded over several nights at Dollywood, the appallingly named theme park dedicated to all things redneck and fiddle-related, this concert showcases 20 remarkably eclectic songs (2 of the tracks are short but sweet radio jingles and the other is a simple reprise). During the seventy or so minutes' running time, Dolly demonstrates her achingly sweet voice, her staggering songwriting skills and her disarmingly honest sense of humour. Featuring a number of her early classics, as well as some folk/bluegrass standards, the album tells us several things: firstly, Dolly's most at home doing bluegrass (as last year's The Grass Is Blue will testify); secondly, Alison Krauss is the finest harmony singer in the industry, and finally, that Dolly should never try doing an Irish accent. Altan sound positively alarmed when they join her for the classic Barbara Allen. Otherwise though, this is an exceptional recording - Dolly herself announced in her autobiography that she hopes this is the disc she'll be remembered for - blending delightful harmonies, touching sentiment, catchy melodies and a predilection towards songs with 'blue' in the title. All in all one of my all-time favourites - I defy you not to be moved when she sings True Blue. Now if she could just ditch the gingham...